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This memorandum from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services addresses student harassment based on disability. It begins by discussing why disability harassment is such an important issue and identifies federal laws that address disability harassment, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To prevent and respond to disability harassment, schools are urged to: (1) create a campus environment that is aware of disability concerns and sensitive to disability harassment; (2) encourage parents, students, employees, and community members to discuss disability harassment and to report it when they become aware of it; (3) widely publicize anti-harassment statements and procedures for handling discrimination complaints; (4) provide appropriate, up-to-date, and timely training for staff and students to recognize and handle potential harassment; (5) counsel both persons who have been harassed and persons who have been responsible for the harassment of others; (6) implement monitoring programs to follow up on resolved issues of disability harassment; and (7) regularly assess and modify existing disability harassment policies and procedures to ensure effectiveness. A list civil rights enforcement offices is provided. (CR)

Descriptors: Aggression, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Bullying, Civil Rights Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Disability Discrimination, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Policy Formation, School Responsibility, Social Bias, Social Discrimination

Author: Cantu, Norma V.; Heumann, Judith E.


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