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Chapter 15/Section 504/ADA

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Duquesne City School District provides accommodations and related services to protected handicapped students (i.e., a student with an identified mental or physical impairment significantly effecting a major life activity) that are necessary for an opportunity commensurate with that of same-age nondisabled students. 

The Student Eligibility Team will review of necessary evaluation information and determine whether the child has an identified mental or physical impairment that is significantly affecting a major life activity, and a Service Agreement will be developed. 

The Service Agreement for a protected handicapped student will identify the members of the service agreement team as well as the student’s identified impairment and effected major life activity. The Service Agreement will also set forth the specific accommodations and/or related services needed by the student which will be implemented in school, in transit to and from school, and in all programs and procedures to ensure the student has an opportunity commensurate with that of nondisabled students of the same age. The Service Agreement will also identify the individual(s) responsible for implementation monitoring and the beginning and ending (i.e., review) dates of the agreement. 

§504/ADA Procedural Safeguards Notice*

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Duquesne City School District provides you, as the parent or guardian, with the following procedural safeguards in relation to your child. 

1.  You have a right to receive a copy of this notice upon the district’s identification, evaluation, refusal to provide an evaluation, educational placement, denial of educational placement and any significant change in said placement of your child.

2.  You have the right to an evaluation of your child if the district has reason to believe that your child has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits learning or some other major life activity…

      A.  Before the initial placement.

      B.  Before any subsequent significant change in placement.

3.  You have the right to an opportunity to examine all relevant records for your child.

4.  You have the right to an impartial hearing, with participation by you and representation by counsel, concerning the identification, evaluation or educational placement of your child.

5.  You have the right to appeal the final decision of the impartial hearing officer to a court of competent jurisdiction.


*Source: PERRY ZIRKEL, SECTION 504, THE ADA AND THE SCHOOLS App. 5:9 (2004).


 

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