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Are Special Education Rights in Danger?

President Elect Donald Trump has selected Jeff Sessions as the U.S. Attorney General for the Trump Administration.


This position is regarded as the highest appointed legal, law enforcement officer. Under this position, Sessions would be in charge of federal education laws, and FAPE, free appropriate public education, which are very important for students with disabilities.

Shannon Des Roches Rosa, the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism’s senior editor, stated that Sessions has “perpetuated the common misconception that inclusion means throwing all students together in the same classroom, with the same curriculum and with the same supports.”


This approach to education could be detrimental for students with disabilities or who have special needs.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) has condemned the appointment of Sessions to the position of Attorney General.


ASAN stated, “We have grave concerns that under Sessions, the Department of Justice would not protect the rights of disabled people and other marginalized populations.”

While Sessions is a strong proponent of public education, he has not made comments that align with FAPE.


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