School can be a stressful environment for the child and a time of vulnerability. Appropriate accommodations and modifications can reduce stress and can assist in achieving and maintaining educational success.
ADAAA & Section 504
The newly revised Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act improve access to accommodations for students and adults with learning disabilities in school and in the workplace.
ADAAA & Section 504
Did you know that, effective January 2009, eligibility for protection under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act became broader? Some students who did not qualify for Section 504 in the past, or who were not eligible for services and supports under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) may now qualify for Section 504 plans. Students with Section 504 plans may now qualify for additional supports, services, auxiliary aids, and/or accommodations in public schools.
What Is Section 504?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs and activities, public or private, that receive federal financial assistance. This law conforms to the definition of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). Section 504 does not provide funding for special education or related services, but it does permit the federal government to take funding away from programs that do not comply with the law.
What Is the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act?
The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) is a civil rights law that was originally passed by Congress in 1990 (as the Americans with Disabilities Act-ADA) and protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in the workplace, as well as school and other settings.
The updated regulations that govern the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act will become effective in March 2011. Significant changes are included in these regulations and they are likely to have a significant (and positive) impact on those with learning disabilities (LD).
The following is a transcription of the podcast, “Americans With Disabilities Act: Impact of the New Regulations on Those With LD (Audio).”
On November 23, 2009 the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) submitted joint comments with the Association on Higher Education And Disability, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. International Dyslexia Association, Learning Disabilities Association of America, National Center for Learning Disabilities, New York Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to improve regulations affecting adults seeking accommodations at work and for graduate testing under the new ADA.