IEP Team’s Obligation To Meet Communication Needs of Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities

Students with disabilities, like all students, must have opportunities to participate in school. And an important part of this participation involves communicating with peers, teachers or school staff.   With this in mind, this November, all three Federal offices, Office of Civil Rights Division (Department of Justice), Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education/ Rehabilitative Services ( U.S. Department of Education) jointly issued guidance about the rights of public elementary and secondary students with hearing, vision and speech disabilities. All three Federal laws, the IDEA, Section 504 and Title II, address the obligations of all public schools, including charter schools, to meet the.

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