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Disability & Education Laws

Current as of July 2017   Since the 1960s, there has been a virtual avalanche of federal legislation that relates directly or indirectly to individuals with disabilities, particularly children and youth. Use the links below to explore several of the most influential laws. These form the core of current protection against discrimination and current guarantees […]

Section 504 Review and Students with Medical Disabilities | Video

(2016) | Useful to Parent Centers to offer training to families and others about Section 504 and students with medical disabilities. This 26-minute video is a product of the Utah Parent Center. Other Parent Centers can use the video in their own trainings or connect families with the video online for their own convenient viewing. […]

Otras Leyes Importantes

Actualizado, marzo de 2017   Hay muchas leyes en los Estados Unidos relevantes a las personas con discapacidades. La más poderosa es el Acta para la Educación de Individuos con Discapacidades, conocido en inglés como “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act” o IDEA (por sus siglas). Esta es la ley de educación especial en el país. Si […]

Know Your Rights in Charter Schools

(2016, December) | Useful to Parent Centers for sharing with staff, students with disabilities, families, schools, and other stakeholders. On December 28, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at U.S. Department of Education released a set of guidance resources on the rights of students with […]

Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504

(2016, December) | Useful to Parent Centers for sharing with staff, students with disabilities, families, schools, and other stakeholders. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education has released the Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools. The 52-page resource guide provides a broad overview of […]

Dear Colleague Letter on Preventing Racial Discrimination in Special Education

(2016, December 12) | Useful to Parent Centers in learning more about and working with others to prevent racial discrimination in schools. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education issued a 25-page Dear Colleague Letter on Preventing Racial Discrimination in Special Education on December 12, 2016, to help ensure that all students, regardless […]

Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance: Testing Accommodations

(2016) | Useful to Parent Centers looking for technical assistance about testing accommodations in the ADA. This resource provides technical assistance on testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities who take standardized exams and other high-stakes tests. It addresses the obligations of testing entities, including private, state, or local government entities that offer exams related to […]

Dear Colleague Letter and Resource Guide on Students with ADHD

(July 2016) | Available in English, Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese On July 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance clarifying the obligation of schools to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunity under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The guidance provides a […]

A to Z of Disabilities and Accommodations

Useful to Parent Centers, youth, families, and transition specialists when considering employment accommodations for a disability. When a youth with disabilities is interested in employment, he or she needs to be aware of whether or not asking for a reasonable accommodation on the job is covered by the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act […]

Justice Department Issues Technical Assistance on Testing Accommodations

(September 2015) Useful to Parent Centers in understanding and communicating what’s permitted in terms of testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities. On September 8, 2015, the Justice Department issued technical assistance on testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities who take standardized exams and other high-stakes tests. This guidance addresses the obligation of testing entities, both private and […]

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