Students with disabilities attending K-12 schools and post-secondary programs will grapple with many academic challenges during their journeys toward graduation. Yet, they may confront further trials. Applying for disability accommodations can be troublesome, and students who don't receive early support services face an uphill climb. One study shows that one in five students enrolled in higher education has a physical, mental, or emotional disability. Yet, one in three students with mental health disabilities isn't even aware they could receive accommodations. Although state and federal laws require schools to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities, Illinois schools sometimes fail in their legal commitments. If you or your child's primary or secondary school, college or university, or other educational program fails to recognize your disability or refuses to grant reasonable accommodations, contact national education attorney-advisor Joseph D. Lento. He and the Lento Law Firm's Student Defense Team are prepared to defend Illinois students and their right to equal education access.
Disabled Student Rights in Illinois
Disability Accommodations in Illinois
Illinois schools must comply with state and federal disability laws mandating accommodations for qualifying disabilities. Such guidelines ensure a student's right to a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE), per the U.S. Department of Education's