- What is a “reasonable accommodation” and what else are those called in the educational setting?
1: The Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA for short, is a civil rights law that came to fruition in the year 1990. The ADA protects the rights of individuals with disabilities. The ADA is divided into 5 sections. These sections include employment, public services, public accommodations, services telecommunications, and miscellaneous provisions. The law is in place to make sure that individuals with disabilities are guaranteed the same treatment as everybody else.
2: The term Title II prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in state and local government services by state and local governmental entities, whether or not they receive federal funds. Section 504 prohibits recipients of federal funds from discriminating on the basis of an individual having a disability. These two terms are important to the discussion because as teachers we will be participating in a school that is most likely receiving funds from the United States government. These two terms are there to enforce fair treatment of every individual.
3: Reasonable accommodation as defined by making appropriate modification and changes to ensure persons with disabilities equal basis to work and learn with others. In an academic setting, this would be following through with IEPs and behavioral plans.