Need to Know: Behavioral Concerns for Students with Disabilities

Behavioral Concerns for Students with Disabilities

On August 4th, 2016 The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), issued a Dear Colleague letter outlining and emphasizing the need for positive behavioral supports in schools for students with disabilities.

A chief point of the letter was outlining the very real hindrances children with disabilities have when facing disciplinary action at school. Among the letter was the finding that “10 percent of children with disabilities, ages 3 through 21, were subject to a disciplinary removal of 10 school days or less.” The letter also acknowledged that among children of color with disabilities, the rates of disciplinary action were higher.

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