New guidance on the rights of students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities.
Students with disabilities, like all students, must be provided the opportunity to fully participate in our public schools.
A critical aspect of participation is communication with others.
November 12, 2014: U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services issued Joint Guidance (Letter to Educators) about the rights of public elementary and secondary students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities to effective communication.
Public schools are responsible for ensuring that communication with students who have hearing, vision, or speech disabilities is as effective as communication with all other students.
Three Federal laws address the obligations of all public schools to meet the communication needs of students with disabilities. [Read more →]