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The mission of Disability Rights Mississippi is to promote, protect and advocate for the legal and human rights of all people with disabilities, and to assist them with full inclusion in home, community, education and employment.
Informative Brochures for Special Education
DRMS has two informative brochures that can help guide parents through the sometimes difficult navigation of the education system, as well as highlight the rights of the child and obligations of the school district according to the law.
Special Education – ensuring children with disabilities have access to free and appropriate public education.
INCLUSION IN THE LEARNING PROCESS: IT'S AN OBLIGATION!
Recent Success Story - an example of what advocacy can accomplish:
One of our experienced education team advocates served a six year old boy with autism in Philadelphia. When she first observed him, he was in a self-contained classroom due to behavior problems. In an IEP meeting, She asked the District to allow him to be placed in a regular first grade classroom with an assistant for one hour a day. They agreed and in a recent follow-up meeting, she learned that the child is doing well in regular ed first grade; and the District had, without being asked, included him in first grade reading for two hours a day. The advocate then asked them to extend his time for another two hours for math, and they agreed. The child is working on grade level now
(The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as Amended) requires that a written individualized education program (IEP) be developed for each child to meet his/her educational needs. Every child needing special education must have an IEP, and it must be reviewed and updated at least once a year by the IEP committee.
Section 504 is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that focuses on protecting people with disabilities against discrimination. Most students who qualify for a 504 program are students who do not need special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), but they do need some accommodations to the classroom or curriculum. Only about 1 -2 percent of students are eligible under Section 504 alone. Section 504 regulations do not address whether a disability must be permanent or temporary. Therefore, a student who has a serious, but temporary illness or is recovering from injuries obtained in an accident, may be eligible for a 504 accommodation plan. If you have questions regarding whether or not child is eligible for a 504 plan, please contact our agency for further guidance, we’ll be glad to assist your family.
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