Rights of Students  with Disabilities in Public Charter Schools

Event Description

Please join us for the “Rights of Students  with Disabilities in Public Charter Schools” webinar on January 18, 2017 at 12:00pm EST.  

The webinar will be a presentation of the guidance package released on December 29, 2016 (information included below) developed by the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS).  The  jointly-issued Dear Colleague Letter and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) documents on Section 504 and on the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), along with a Know Your Rights document, help update educators, parents, students, and other stakeholders to better understand the rights of students with disabilities in public charter schools under Section 504 and IDEA.  The package includes information about how to provide equal opportunity in compliance with Section 504 in key areas such as charter school recruitment, application, admission, enrollment and disenrollment, accessibility of facilities and programs, and nonacademic and extracurricular activities; as well as information about the rights of children with disabilities to a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment under the IDEA. 

Representatives from the Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII), OCR and OSERS will discuss the DCL and FAQs and will address pre-submitted questions.  If you have any questions about the release, OII will be accepting questions for the webinar until January 9, 2016 4:30 pm EST.  Please submit your questions to Sonia.park@ed.gov .

If you require a reasonable accommodation, please contact Okhee Shim at Okhee.Shim@ed.gov by Friday,  January 13, 2017.  Please note that the presentation slides will be available on the day of the webinar airing. 

Additional information on the webinar will be forthcoming.  Thank you and we look forward to your participation.