Access to Education
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At Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky, we believe that all people have a right to an education free from barriers and should be graded and tested based on their knowledge. In fact, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specifically prohibits discrimination against disabled persons by ensuring equal opportunity in all areas, including places of education.
In addition to the ADA, the rights for disabled people to receive an education are protected by the Individuals with Disabilties Education Act (IDEA). IDEA, which was enacted in 1975, guarantees children with disabilities a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment possible.
Unfortunately, despite the ADA and IDEA, some school districts and educational institutions do not make their buildings accessible, believing the ADA and IDEA do not apply to them. Moreover, studies by the Disabilities Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) have revealed that 48.9 million Americans identified themselves as disabled. The DREDF says disabled people make up the largest minority in America, are the poorest, and have the least education. According to DREDF’s Web site, “Hundreds of thousands of children with disabilities are isolated in segregated ‘handicapped-only’ schools or receive inferior educations.”
It is statistics such as these that inspire Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky’s fight for equal educational access. We have handled several ADA discrimination class action cases on behalf of disabled students denied access by such major school districts and universities as the San Francisco Unified School District, the University of California, and California State University.
If you think you have been discriminated against and denied access to education, complete our online consultation form.
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