Monday, December 8, 2014

DREDF: Doing Disability Justice

eNews: The hard lessons of disproportionality that students of color learn in school
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Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund. Doing Disability Justice
November 2014
Dear Friends,
A student of color with a disability is more than twice as likely to be suspended as a student without a disability, and an African American student with a disability is six times more likely to face suspension as a white student without a disability. This disproportionate treatment is a harsh teacher, one that hammers home the lesson to students of color that school is a pipeline to prison. In fact, one recent study found that while up to 85 percent of children in juvenile detention facilities have disabilities that make them eligible for special education services, only 37 percent received services while in school.

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