The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in Dallas will conduct free technical assistance presentations Friday and Saturday regarding students with diabetes who attend public elementary and secondary schools in Texas. The presentations will be made at the University of North Texas-Dallas Campus located at 7400 University Hills Blvd.
An estimated 200,000-plus students enrolled in Texas schools have diabetes. The OCR Dallas office has recently addressed numerous complaints of discrimination from parents and responded to inquiries from advocates and other experts regarding students with diabetes. These concerns include whether students with diabetes have been properly identified as qualified students with disabilities and are receiving appropriate services.
OCR will conduct two sessions for education and health care professionals that will address specific requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), and the differences between Section 504/Title II and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding the provision of services to students with diabetes.
- Session I: Friday, March 25, 2011 from 9 a.m. to noon
- Session II: Friday, March 25, 2011, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
A third session is scheduled for parents, students, community leaders and other interested stakeholders about the rights of students with disabilities and how to access educational services from their local school districts.
- Session III: Saturday, March 26, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“An important part of the agency’s mission is to reach out to our customers and provide them with information,” said Taylor D. August, director of Dallas OCR office. “These sessions will provide attendees with current information to ensure equal access to quality educational services for Texas students with diabetes, as stipulated by federal civil rights laws, and will offer participants an opportunity to obtain information about their rights and responsibilities and identify important resources in the Dallas area.”
Attendees of all three sessions will have the opportunity to meet with federal officials.
For more information about the presentations or to register to attend, please contact Jeffrey Coleman at (214) 661-9686.
U.S. Department for Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ mission is to ensure equal access to education and promote educational excellence throughout the nation through the vigorous enforcement of civil rights. OCR is responsible for enforcing Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination by educational institutions on the bases of disability, race, color, national origin, sex, ages as well as the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act of 2001. For more information about OCR, see http://www.2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.
For details on how the OCR handles civil rights cases, visit http://www.ed/gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintprocess.html.