Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice on effective communication with students with disabilities

From the Office for Civil Rights - U.S. Department of Education

Dear Colleague:

Today the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, together with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, issued joint guidance about the rights of public elementary and secondary students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities to effective communication. The guidance, in the form of a letter to educators (available in Spanish) with an attached Frequently Asked Questions document, is intended to help schools understand and comply with federal legal requirements on meeting the communications needs of students with disabilities. We are also releasing a fact sheet on the guidance for parents (available in Spanish).

Please share this information widely with your members, affiliates, and networks.

Thank you,

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
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