The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are federal civil rights statutes that prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities in programs receiving federal financial assistance. The Acts protect individuals with disabilities who:
1. Have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities (major life activities include activities such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working);
2. Have a record of such impairment; or
3. Are regarded as having such impairment.
The Oxford Area School District does not discriminate against persons with disabilities. It provides access for qualified disabled individuals to all of its activities and programs and will annually give notice thereof to all students and their parents.
The Act also obligates school districts to identify, evaluate, and extend to every qualified student with a disability residing in the district a free appropriate public education including modifications and specialized instruction or related aids, as deemed necessary to meet their educational needs as adequately as the needs of the nondisabled students are met. If parents believe that their child may have a disability that requires modifications to his or her educational program, they should contact their building Principal or the Special Education office.