Federal laws such as The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and The Americans with Disabilities Act were put in place to protect people with disabilities – including school children. But despite these laws mandating fair treatment for public school children with disabilities, progress in overcoming disability discrimination still has its ups and downs.
Disability Scoop recently released a heartwarming story about a cheerleading squad made up of disabled girls who are doing more than just raising crowd participation during football games at Independence High School in Columbus, Ohio. The Sparklers – as the squad is called – are warming hearts and inspiring others to let kids with disabilities shine. The public school cheerleading squad is something other schools around the country can learn from.
But the news isn’t always so uplifting. Year after year we hear cases about disability discrimination happening in our public schools.
In 2016, ABC News released the story of a 10-year old school girl with Nager syndrome who was banned from cheerleading even though she had two years of experience.
NOLO reminds us that while children with disabilities are legally protected in the vast majority of school settings, the existence of potential legal protection does not guarantee that fair treatment will be automatically granted.
This discrimination is evident in a story shared by Central Texas News Now. The headlines described a 15-year boy named Luka who had been denied a haircut because of his down syndrome. But as the story went deeper, previous discrimination from the local school system was revealed. Luka’s father stated that Hamilton County Schools had violated Luka’s rights by asking him to move out of his home-zoned school.
A few months before this incident, Rewire released a story from Cincinnati about a 17-year old girl named Arrington who has a medical disability related to post-traumatic stress. Arrington struggles because of the disability, but her teachers refuse to help. Rewire states that Arrington’s teachers have been physically and verbally aggressive, even accusing her of faking her disability.
As we can see from a glance at the news, discrimination still happens all the time. If you and your child find yourselves facing discrimination due to your child’s disability, it’s time to take action. We can work together for your child’s justice, and to set a precedent for the future.
Federal law mandates that every child receive a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment possible, and if that isn’t happening, we’re here to step in.
Having experienced and compassionate legal help on your side is essential to successfully appeal your case. Stuart M. Nachbar, Esq. has been representing clients of all types for over 20 years, while at the same time working on behalf of his own son, who has a disability, to make sure that the education he gets is the best available. Let the Law Office of Stuart M. Nachbar, P.C. help your child enjoy the very best education possible! Give us a call anytime at (973) 567 0954 or send us a message online.
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