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DOJ Provides Guidance to School Districts

Authored by Kevin J.T. Terry
Posted on November 18, 2014
Filed under Local Governments and School Districts

Over the weekend, I was able to read a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, which addressed the responsibility of public schools to ensure effective communication with students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities.

Three Federal laws – the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – uniquely address the obligations of public schools in this area. Many times, an individual’s education program under the IDEA will meet the requirements of the other Federal laws, but at times, the District must comply with both Federal laws independently.

To help with the interplay of the IDEA and Title II requirements, the U.S. Department of Justice provided a lengthy FAQ which is linked here http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-faqs-effective-communication-201411.pdf.

Take some time to review the FAQ and if you have questions about how these issues may affect your District – let’s discuss!