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Current Priorities & Resources: Agency Priorities: Education

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) specifies that no one with a disability can be excluded from participating in federally funded programs or activities, including elementary, secondary or postsecondary schooling. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires public schools to make available, to all eligible children with disabilities, a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment appropriate to their individual needs. While these are federal laws, North Dakota has complementary state laws.

P&A recognizes that students with disabilities often experience difficulty with obtaining equal access and full participation in the educational system. It is P&A's goal for students with disabilities to receive educational services consistent with their disability-related rights. P&A acts as an advocate specifically for the student.

P&A assists students in the following areas:

General Resources

North Dakota Schools - Medication Administration Issues - Diabetes and Glucagon Injections
Recently there have been questions posed about students receiving needed services to manage their disability-related medication while in school.

North Dakota School for the Deaf
An educational institution for the education of children with severe to profound hearing loss.

North Dakota State Library Disability Services
Offers an array of services for citizens of North Dakota who are unable to read standard print materials because of visual, physical, or reading impairment.

North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind
A publicly funded statewide comprehensive resource whose mission is to work cooperatively with related agencies in providing a full range of services to all state residents who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities.

Pathfinder Services of North Dakota, Inc.
Provides special education information and training for parents, educators, and related service professionals of children and youth with disabilities.

Interagency Program for Assistive Technology
North Dakota's Statewide Assistive Technology Program.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth; IDEA; No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities); and research-based information on effective educational practices.

Information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Special Education Resources

Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs' (OSEP's) IDEA website.

North Dakota Special Education
N.D. Department of Public Instruction Special Education information and resources.

North Dakota Special Education Conflict Resolution
N.D. Department of Public Instruction, Office of Special Education ensures that options are available to those wishing to remedy conflicts regarding children receiving special education services.

Section 504 Resources

Civil Rights of Students with Hidden Disabilities Under Section 504
Information from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Free Appropriate Public Education Under Section 504
Information from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Description of Section 504, responsibilities, services, and accommodations.

Early Childhood Resources

Early Childhood Services in North Dakota
The Early Childhood Service program of the N.D. Department of Human Services; establishes standards and provides training to providers of early care and education for children; information for parents and child care providers.

Understanding Early Childhood Transition
A guide for families and professionals from the N.D. Department of Human Services and the N.D. Department of Public Instruction.

Transition/Postsecondary Resources

Transition in North Dakota
Information from N.D. Department of Public Instruction.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
Information from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
Through the University of Minnesota, coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities.

Higher Education Accommodations:  Students with Psychiatric Impairments
A guide from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor.

Transition Guide
A guide developed for students, parents, educators, and service providers to help students transition from high school to the adult world. It includes a transition workbook to aid in transition planning.

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