Legislation & Policy
Teachers and parents often find the law and legal issues surrounding learning disabilities confusing and a bit daunting. With so many acronyms and numbers, it doesn’t take long to feel overwhelmed! This section contains the most concise and pertinent legal and legislative information for teachers and parents. Included are articles about Section 504 and IDEA, ADHD, IEP’s, the least restrictive environment, and more.
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The United States Department of Health and Human Services reported that an estimated 528,000 youth reside in foster care. Thus, it is imperative that child welfare accounts for the important voice of special education teachers in the lives of foster children it serves.
Should an undocumented Mexican woman be granted legal residency in the United States because her daughter—a U.S. citizen—requires special education that might be unavailable if the family is forced to move to Mexico?
IDEA Decisions - 2003
This digest discusses the identification of students who are gifted, the difficulties in the identification process, appropriate identification practices, and procedures that can help with identification.
Compare and contrast Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Section 504. Topics include identification, eligibility, evaluation, responsibilities for providing a free and appropriate education (FAPE), and due process for disagreements between parents and schools.
Two laws, Section 504 of the Rehabilitaton Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), protect the rights of disabled individuals in public schools. Who is eligible for the services and protections offered by these laws? How is eligibility and extent of disability determined? Due process procedures and required accommodations and modifications in public schools are summarized.
Twelve states are now collecting information on the use of accommodations during state assessments according to The National Center on Educational Outcomes. The percentage of students with disabilities that used accommodations varied (8-82%) among the 12 states. Data on school level, type of accommodation, disability, and other factors are reported and analyzed.
This article briefly reviews Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and identifies the criteria that are used to determine whether a student is both "disabled" and "qualified." Then, specific areas of admission, accommodation, and dismissal are examined. Finally, guidelines are presented that may be used by professors and administrators in their efforts to provide qualified students with disabilities with nondiscriminatory access to higher education.
Learn your rights with this an essential primer on the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it affects people with learning disabilities.
We have received thousands of inquiries over the past several years. Of these inquiries, one of the most common has been: "How do I pick a lawyer?" The starting point is to understand the nature of your legal problem.
Parents are often the best educational advocates for their children, especially children with a learning disability. The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities (CCLD) has developed the following tips to help parents champion their child.
Parents and advocacy groups: What do you say when you talk to your state officials about high stakes tests and statewide education assessments? Read this article for questions you can ask to assess the full and fair inclusion of students with disabilities. Assure that they receive the accommodations they need to show what they know.
Section 504 states that any institution (including colleges and universities) receiving Federal financial assistance may not discriminate against disabled persons. This article explains how this law affects the admission process, participation in class and curriculum. What modifications can postsecondary institutions make to better accommodate the disabled?