Next Wednesday, May 24, we are formally launching TLC -- the Torchlight Learning Community -- a series of online and offline events featuring the nation’s leading thinkers and doers in caregiving. Our first event -- “Who Bears the Cost of Educating Children with Disabilities?” -- will feature a panel of distinguished attorneys to discuss the impact of the US Supreme Court’s recent decision in Endrew F. In that case, the court clarified a higher standard that schools must meet in providing educational services with children with disabilities. [To register for the event, please go here].
In this panel, we’ll discuss the impact of this decision on children with disabilities and their families, and review what level of services schools are legally mandated to provide. We will also look at some of the broader implications, including the impact on employers whose health insurance benefit plans often absorb the costs of these services. Many caregivers of children with disabilities access their health insurance to cover necessary services for their children either (a) because they are unaware of the extent to which school systems are required to provide services to eligible children or (b) because they lack the advocacy and support they need to get them.
To prep for this event, we’re contacting employers and caregivers everywhere to send us questions we can ask the panelists. You can send questions by commenting on this blog or on our Facebook page.Your questions and opinions matter. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.