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DRO asks community to take action and prevent the DOE from weakening regulations that protect students with disabilities

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DRO asks community to take action and prevent the DOE
from weakening regulations that protect students with disabilities

Disability Rights Oregon has sent out a call for action about the Department of Education (DOE) considerations that would weaken or eliminate more than 150 regulations that ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to receive an education and find a job after they graduate.

The public is being asked to submit comments that ask the DOE to protect these regulations by using a form created by the National Disability Rights Network. More details about the regulations on available on their website. Comments are due by September 20, 2017.

DRO supports the regulations because access to education is a cornerstone of preparing young people for life. Every child should receive an education that enables them to reach their full potential.

These protections are an indispensable part of the legal framework that upholds the civil rights of children with disabilities. These regulations cover countless areas including equal opportunity in the classroom and approaches for addressing issues of over- and under-representation of race, gender, and ethnicity in special education. These protections also help recent graduates with disabilities prepare for jobs, get work experience, and find jobs with decent wages.

Read more about important points to include with on the form in DRO’s announcement.