Section 504 and DYSLEXIA
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires school districts to provide the full range of special accommodations and services necessary for students with special needs to participate in and benefit from public education programs and activities. Section 504 prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities by school districts receiving federal financial assistance. Students with disabilities must be provided with a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE).
Section 504 protects all students with disabilities, defined as those having any physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities include but are not limited to caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working. The ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 also includes “the operation of a major bodily function, including but not limited to, the function of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bowel, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine and reproductive functions.”
+ CHILD FIND NOTICE
§504 Child Find Notice
Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the District has a duty to identify, refer, evaluate and if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to disabled students. For additional information about the rights of parents of eligible children, or for answers to any questions you might have about identification, evaluation and placement into Section 504 programs, please contact the District’s Section 504 Coordinator, Kirsten Booth, at (214) 946-9100 or by mail at 2730 N State Hwy 360 Grand Prairie, TX 75050.
Aviso Sobre La Identificación de Estudiantes Incapacitados - bajo la Seccion 504
Bajo la Seccion 504 del Decreto de Rehabilitación de 1973, el Distrito Escolar esta obligado a identificar, referir, evaluar, y proporcionar servicios educativos apropriados y gratuitos a estudiantes incapacitados que califican para recibir servicios bajo esta ley. Si usted desea mas información sobre los derechos de padres de niños incapacitados, o si tiene preguntas sobre la identificación, evaluación, y colocación de niños en el programa de Seccion 504, favor de ponerse in contacto con el Coordinador de 504 del Distrito al numero (214) 946-9100 o por correo a la siguiente dirección: 2730 N State Hwy 360 Grand Prairie, TX 75050.
©1999-2014 Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P.CESD §504 Compliance System, November 20, 2014
Schools are required to locate, identify and evaluate all children with disabilities from birth through age 21. The Child Find mandate applies to all children who reside within a State, including children who attend private schools and public schools, highly mobile children, migrant children, homeless children, and children who are wards of the state. (20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(3))
This includes all children who are suspected of having a disability, including children who receive passing grades and are "advancing from grade to grade." (34 CFR 300.111(c)) The law does not require children to be "labeled" or classified by their disability. (20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(3)(B); 34 CFR 300.111(d)).
+ WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?
The current definition from the International Dyslexia Association states: Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
+ DYSLEXIA AND SCHOOL DISTRICT/CHARTER SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS
Texas Education Code §38.003:
Students enrolling in public schools shall be tested for dyslexia at appropriate times. - The board of trustees of each school district or charter school shall provide for the treatment (i.e., instruction) of any student determined to have dyslexia. Texas Administrative Code §74.28: - The board of trustees of a school district or charter school must ensure that procedures for identifying a student with dyslexia and for providing appropriate instructional services to the student are implemented. - A school district or charter school shall purchase or develop its own reading program for students with dyslexia, as long as the program is characterized by the descriptors found in The State Dyslexia Handbook ~ Revised 2014. - Each school district or charter school must provide each identified student access at his or her campus to the services of a teacher trained in dyslexia and related disorders. - Each school district or charter school shall provide a parent education program for parents/guardians of students with dyslexia. Teacher Training Requirements: Teachers who provide instruction for students with dyslexia: - Must have valid Texas teaching certificates for the particular grade level(s) that they teach - Must be trained in dyslexia and related disorders - Must be trained in the program the district has developed or purchased for use with students with dyslexia as well as in instructional strategies that utilize individualized, intensive, multisensory, phonetic methods.
PARENT NOTICE (PROCEDURAL RIGHTS)
+ CONTACTS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Dyslexia Consultant Region 10
Education Service Center
400 E. Spring Valley Road
Richardson, TX 75083-1300
Texas Dyslexia Hotline:
Statewide English Language Arts/Reading Coordinator
Texas Education Agency Division of Curriculum
1701 N. Congress Avenue