Disciplinary Charges and Disabilities
Students with disabilities face greater challenges in education at all levels. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other disability laws like Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act have opened access to education for many students with disabilities. But schools don't always meet their legal obligations by providing the disabled student with mandated accommodations. And even with reasonable school accommodations for disabilities, the student's challenge to overcome the disabilities remains. Students with disabilities can, even with accommodations and great effort, fall behind in their studies relative to non-disabled students. Students with disabilities can also see those disabilities periodically manifest in behaviors that the school misconstrues as deliberate or reckless misconduct. And once a disabled student faces an undue disciplinary proceeding relating to the student's disability, schools can fail to accommodate the student's disability within the disciplinary proceeding, leading to punishments the disabled student doesn't deserve. Schools at times suspend and dismiss disabled students because of their disability when disability laws prohibit doing so. If you or your student face school discipline relating to a disability, retain national school defense attorney Joseph D. Lento to defend and defeat those charges. Don't let a disability that your school should accommodate instead lead to school discipline.