Educational Rights for KLS Patients

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Post-secondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities.

The following is a link to post-secondary education disability rights:

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html

Educational Rights for KLS Patients

Americans with Disabilities Act of Non-discrimination Laws as they pertain to patients with Kleine-Levin Syndrome

SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) are federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities by school districts receiving federal financial assistance.

Frequent absences due to KLS episodes may affect your child’s ability to keep up with schoolwork. Because KLS is not a familiar disability, many schools need to be informed and reminded that all students are protected under federal mandate. Your school district can provide a special program and assistance for your child in the regular classroom. The information below highlights your child’s rights.

Under section 504, a person is considered to have a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more major life activities which may impede the student’s ability to access learning. Youngsters afflicted with KLS have a recurring temporary handicapping condition. These children typically require specific modifications and accommodations in the regular classroom setting. (i.e. the school district may provide free tutoring for your child to catch up on his/her regular school work, extended datelines for exams and papers, etc.) You have the right to request a 504 Individual Education Accommodation Plan (IEP). Parents, teachers and school administrators put a plan in place that offers modifications and accommodations that are individualized to your child’s needs. The plan offers reasonable accommodations that give your child “meaningful equal opportunity” to succeed in school.

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