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Frequently Asked Questions on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools (November 2014)


Students with disabilities, like all students, must have the opportunity to fully participate in our public schools. A critical aspect of participation is communication with others. Three Federal laws – the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) (Title II), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) – address the obligations of public schools, including charter schools, to meet the communication needs of students with disabilities, but do so in different ways. Public schools must comply with all three laws, and while compliance with one will often result in compliance with all, sometimes it will not. (U.S. Department of Education)


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Collaboration Communication/Language Elementary Federal Laws Hearing Impairment High School Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Middle School Preschool Related Services Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504) Speech/Language Impairment Vision Impairment