DRC works to make sure students with disabilities have what they need to do well in school. We also make sure they attend classes with students without disabilities. To learn more, please keep reading.
“Education is not just for a privileged few, it is for everyone. It is a fundamental human right.” Ban Ki-moon
The primary goal of special education advocacy at Disability Rights California is to ensure that students with disabilities can access educational opportunities that enrich them academically and socially. Our advocacy furthers the promise of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act by advocating for the robust educational services and supports that many students with disabilities need to thrive at school. We also advocate for equal educational opportunities in the most integrated settings under the Americans with Disabilities Act. We represent clients in due process hearings, state compliance complaints, civil rights complaints and systemic litigation.
Bullying can have a profound impact on students with disabilities, who are often targeted for bullying. This publication addresses school district’s legal obligations under Federal and California law to address and prevent bullying and disability harassment of students with disabilities. This publication also identifies possible strategies to address bullying through the IEP process and other procedures.
This pub explains “retaliation” by a school district. It tells you about the laws that prohibit it. It explains the law in detail. If you think a school district “retaliated” against you, it tells you what to do.
The Federal and California special education laws give eligible students with disabilities the right to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). This manual explains how to become eligible for special education, how to request and advocate for special education services, and what to do if you disagree with school districts.
This pub has tips for parents of American Indian children who get special education. The tips help you actively take part in IEP meetings. The tips help you during and after meetings. The tips tell you about your rights.