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ED OCR Issues New Resources on Rights of Students with Disabilities
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The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued new resources outlining the rights of students with sickle cell disease, epilepsy, and cancer.  The resources provide information for stakeholders and schools on the rights of students with those conditions under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


The resources describe the rights of students at the K-12 and higher education levels and explain the circumstances under which a student with one these conditions is considered a student with a disability for purposes of Section 504 protections.  Further, each of the resources provides examples of the actions that schools may need to take to address students’ conditions and explains the rights of students should a school fail to provide the required accommodations.


The new resources follow similar documents issued by OCR earlier this year addressing required accommodations for students with asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease, diabetes, and food allergies.  The resource on sickle cell disease is available here; the epilepsy resource here, and the cancer resource is here.

About the Author

Kelly Christiansen is a Senior Legislative Analyst with the Washington, DC law firm of The Bruman Group, PLLC. Established in 1980, the Firm is nationally recognized for its federal education regulatory and legislative practice, providing legal advice regarding compliance with all major federal education programs as well as the federal grants management requirements, including the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). In addition, they work with agencies on federal spending flexibility, allowability, policies and procedures, audit defense and resolution and legislative updates. The Firm provides government relations services for the National Association of State Program Administrators (NAESPA).