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New resources on protecting students with disabilities in K12 and higher education

Posted on June 26, 2024


The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has three new resources for students, parents and families, and schools that cover the civil rights of students with sickle cell disease, epilepsy, and cancer.

The resources explain how these students are protected by federal disability rights laws. For example, they provide information about legal rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and explain:

  • When these medical conditions trigger protections under Section 504,
  • What kind of modifications an educational institution may need to take to avoid discrimination, and
  • What an institution may need to do to deal with past discrimination.

The new resources about sickle cell diseaseepilepsy, and cancer are available on the OCR website.

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