Preventing discrimination against students with disabilities from grade school through higher education...
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prevents discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including the workplace, school, transportation, and any area open to the general public. Unfortunately, not everyone adheres to this important civil rights law. At both grade schools and higher education institutions, this law can get lost in translation. For the college student or parent of a child who is experiencing discrimination at school, this is a direct violation of civil rights law, and you should not hesitate to contact a disabled student attorney immediately.
There are various laws that protect the wellbeing of students with disabilities. The two primary laws are the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The ADA guarantees equal opportunity to individuals with disabilities. This is extended to persons with hidden disabilities (meaning those who have disabilities that are not physically visible, such as someone with a mental disability or autism are protected under these laws).
In the grade school setting, examples of discrimination would come to play if your child is prevented from being included in a field trip, extracurricular activity, or sports team because of their disability. Another example would be if your child were separated from non-disabled students to be educated. The intention of these two primary laws is to fulfill your child’s rights to be educated with everyone else as well as to not be treated as a social pariah.
If you believe your child is experiencing any types of discrimination in school, then please do not hesitate to contact an experienced disabled student attorney right away. A qualified attorney will organize the facts in a strategic manner and file the appropriate complaints on your behalf, and attend the subsequent hearings to rectify your discrimination matter, ensuring that your child’s civil rights are upheld.
Discrimination against persons with disabilities also occurs in higher education institutions. Examples of discrimination include not having a handicap-accessible restroom or not offering nondiscriminatory evaluation or placement tests that mitigate inaccurate class placement. While most colleges do not have the same Individual Education Plans or Section 504 plans that grade schools generally have, colleges are restricted from discriminating against anyone with a disability and must work with each disabled student to ensure that his or her educational needs are met within both in the classroom and student housing. If you attend a college that cannot or is unwilling to accommodate your documented disability, then please do not hesitate to contact a disabled student attorney immediately.
Managing Attorney Angel A. Castro, III, Esq. serves as one of New York’s premier attorneys. Under his advisement as your disabled student attorney, he will evaluate your case, determine where your civil rights have been violated, and pursue legal action against the Board of Education, school district, or university that has committed the offense. The law clearly protects and boldly ensures the equal opportunity of students with disabilities, and Mr. Castro has extensive experience in litigating against educational institutions, grade school through higher education, in discrimination matters.
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