Feds Crack Down On Schools Skirting Disabilities Act - Disability Scoop
What’s more, under the recent law, a student may be eligible for special education services even if they are already performing well in school so long as they have an impairment that “substantially limits a major life activity,” according to documentation included in the Education Department correspondence.
Given the expanded definition of disability, districts now have an obligation to evaluate a wider swath of students for special education services, the Education Department told schools. And, such evaluations are supposed to be quick and simple. In the guidance, federal officials are urging schools to ensure that their evaluations don’t require “extensive analysis” in order to determine whether or not a disability is present.