Feds Say More Students May Qualify for Disability Services
OCR urges schools to reconsider who gets special services
New guidance from the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights warns school districts that the way they define which students should get special services under federal disability laws may not be broad enough.
The guidance , along with a detailed list of questions and answers issued in late January, clarifies district responsibilities under amendments in effect since 2009 that were passed to broaden the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The guidance could open the door for more students to be evaluated for special education services or accommodations provided under Section 504 of the...
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