a brighter future for children with disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) today issued guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) that emphasizes the requirement that schools provide positive
behavioral supports to students with disabilities who need them. It also
clarifies that the repeated use of disciplinary actions may suggest that many
children with disabilities may not be receiving appropriate behavioral interventions
and supports. When schools fail to consider and provide for needed behavioral
supports through the Individualized Education Program (IEP), it is likely to
result in a child not receiving the free appropriate public education to which
they are entitled under federal law.
The Dear Colleague Letter on the Inclusion of Behavioral Supports in Individualized Education Programs is now available on the Department's website: www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/school-discipline/.
Also available is a suite of accompanying resources, including a Summary for
Stakeholders, which lays out the main points of the issued guidance in
an easily-digestible format.
Press link here: www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-releases-guidance-schools-ensuring-equity-and-providing-behavioral-supports-students-disabilities
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