Special Education and Individuals with Disabilities
The District affirms that no qualified student with a disability shall, on the basis of that disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination/ harassment under any District program or activity. The denial of equal access to the District's educational programs and/or activities and/or the denial of a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE) on the basis of a student's disability(ies) is considered disability-based discrimination under both federal and state law and, as such, a violation of District policy.
Any student/parent/guardian/individual/organization has the right to file a written complaint of disability discrimination, including but not limited to failure to provide equal access to a student with a disability, failure to provide FAPE, failure to implement a student's IEP, and failure to adhere to a student's procedure safeguards, within six months from the date the alleged discrimination occurred or the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination. A written complaint may be filed through the District’s Uniform Complaint Procedures in the Office of Student Civil Rights. A report of findings is developed within 60 days of receiving the written complaint addressing the complainant’s discrimination or special education non-compliance allegations.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a way to resolve special education compliance complaints that are formally filed with the California Department of Education (CDE) in a manner that meets your child’s needs within 20 days instead of 60 days or more! Contact the Office of Student Civil Rights for information at (213) 241-7682 or at EquityCompliance@lausd.net