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8:70 Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities

Individuals with disabilities shall be provided an opportunity to participate in all school-sponsored services, programs, or activities and will not be subject to illegal discrimination.  When appropriate, the District may provide to persons with disabilities aids, benefits, or services that are separate or different from, but as effective as, those provided to others. 
The District will provide auxiliary aids and services where necessary to afford individuals with disabilities equal opportunity to participate in or enjoy the benefits of a service, program, or activity. 
Each service, program, website, or activity operated in existing facilities shall be readily accessible to, and useable by, individuals with disabilities.  New construction and alterations to facilities existing before January 26, 1992, will be accessible when viewed in their entirety.  
The Superintendent or designee is designated the Title II Coordinator and shall: 
    1.    Oversee the District's compliance efforts, recommend necessary modifications to the School Board, and maintain the District's final Title II self-evaluation document, update it to the extent necessary and keep it available for public inspection, for at least three years after its completion date.  
    2.    Institute plans to make information regarding Title II's protection available to any interested party. 
Individuals with disabilities should notify the Superintendent or Building Principal if they have a disability which will require special assistance or services and, if so, what services are required.  This notification should occur as far as possible before the school-sponsored function, program, or meeting. 
Individuals with disabilities may allege a violation of this policy or federal law by reporting it to the Superintendent or designated Title II Coordinator, or by filing a complaint under the Uniform Complaint Procedure.  The Superintendent shall insert into this policy the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the District's current Complaint Managers for the Uniform Complaint Procedure.  Please refer to Exhibit 8:70-E, Complaint Managers. 

LEGAL REF.:    Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §§12101 et seq. and 12131 et seq.; 28 C.F.R. Part 35.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 §104, 29 U.S.C. §794 (2006).
105 ILCS 5/10-20.51.
410 ILCS 25/, Environmental Barriers Act.
71 Ill.Admin.Code Part 400, Illinois Accessibility Code.

CROSS REF.: 2:260 (Uniform Complaint Procedure), 4:150 (Facility Management and Building Programs)

ADOPTED:  November 22, 2004

REVISED:   February 22, 2010
January 23, 2017
December 18, 2017

Reviewed:  September 11, 2023