Physical education and children with disabilities

This document from the U.S. Department of Education discusses IDEA's physical education requirements for students with disabilities.  Its purposes are to disseminate information on improving opportunities for children and youth to access PE and athletics and to refer the reader to sources of additional information regarding the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in PE and athletic extracurricular activities. Released in August … [Read more...]

Restraint and seclusion

From the U.S. Department of Education, this resource document outlines 15 principles for educators, parents, school districts, and others to consider when developing policies and procedures to support positive behavioral interventions and avoid the use of restraint and seclusion.  Additionally, the document provides a synopsis of ongoing efforts by federal agencies to address national concerns about using restraint and seclusion in schools. (Posted … [Read more...]

OCR guidance | It’s illegal to retaliate against a person filing a discrimination complaint

This guidance from the Office for Civil Rights focuses on the protections provided by Federal law when individuals file civil rights discrimination complaints, including complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability. This Dear Colleague letter strongly reminds school districts, postsecondary institutions, and other recipients that it is illegal to retaliate against individuals filing such complaints. The letter clarifies the basic principles … [Read more...]

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