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Disciplinary Exclusion of Students with Disabilities

By Eileen L. Ordover

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, its regulations, and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provide children with disabilities with protections against inappropriate school discipline, including disciplinary exclusion from education. These laws are important tools for advocates working to ensure that children with disabilities receive appropriate services and supports, a free appropriate public education, and adequate protection from criminal charges filed by school personnel.

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