While it might seem basic to make schools physically accessible to all students, sadly, there are still many inaccessible schools across the country.
Having schools that are not physically accessible can limit students’ access to education and time with their typically developing peers.
Areas of concern for inaccessible schools can include
- Stairs with elevator or lift access
- Steep ramps
- Door handles
- Poorly designed vestibules
- Restrooms without handicapped stalls
- And more
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What Can We Do?
To truly fix accessibility, schools will need more funding. You can get involved in local politics or call your representative to advocate for local or federal funding.
In the meantime, schools will need to make reasonable accommodations or provide alternatives to students.
Schools must comply with federal civil rights laws and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and if you think your school is violating these laws, it can be a sign of discrimination in schools.
If your school refuses to make reasonable accommodations for physical disabilities, you should be aware of other signs of discrimination.
These can include
- Creating undo barriers to getting an IEP
- Not following IEPs
- Singling Students with disabilities out
- Excessive Discipline
- Grades not matching effort
- And more
For a more complete list, download our free checklist.
What if they’re discriminating?
If you see multiple signs of discrimination, there is a chance your school is violating your child’s civil rights, which could entitle you to financial compensation.
Begin keeping a record of discrimination in schools, such as poorly graded assignments and written communication between yourself and the school. Additionally, we recommend taking notes during all meetings.
Save all receipts and invoices for financial hardship the situation creates. This can include medical bills, therapy bills, and any hours at work you missed unexpectedly because of issues with your child at school.
It’s also best to talk to a lawyer about the specifics of your case. That is why we at Cueto Law offer free consultations with one of our lawyers. Call us at 618-277-1554 to schedule an appointment to speak to us.