Special Education Law Basics: The Right to Accommodation

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Differently-abled children sometimes need certain accommodations to help them succeed in school. At the Matus Law Group, we believe that every child deserves an equal and quality education that will prepare them for their lives beyond the educational system. Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, discrimination against people with disabilities was banned. This also means that schools are required by federal law to make simple and inexpensive adjustments to accommodate students with disabilities. These included students who are differently-abled both mentally and physically.

What kind of adjustments can be made as a 504 Accommodation?

  • Giving a wheelchair-bound student extra time to make their way between classrooms by dismissing them earlier or allowing slight tardiness
  • Providing students with special work areas that have fewer distractions than a regular classroom
  • Allowing extra time for test-taking
  • Providing verbal, visual, or technology aids
  • Adjusting class schedules or grading
  • Reducing the amount of homework or classwork
  • Giving tests verbally
  • And more

How does a parent request a 504 Accommodation for a child?

Most public schools have a dedicated accommodations coordinator. You can submit a request to them, in writing, asking for reasonable accommodations for your child’s differing abilities. Once the request is received, you will schedule a time to meet with the coordinator and the child’s teacher to discuss accommodation options.

What if my request is ignored or denied?

If you do not hear back within 30 days, or your request is denied, you should discuss your situation with an attorney. You may be able to bring a claim of disability discrimination against the school.

The Matus Law Group provides assistance at every step of your special needs child’s journey through the school system. We work with families to ensure that their children’s schools follow local, state, and federal laws. Your child has a right to a free public education that meets his or her unique needs. Call the Matus Law Group today at (732) 281-0060 to learn more about how we can help you and your special needs child.

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