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Special Education and COVID-19
Children with disabilities are among the most vulnerable students in the COVID-19 public health crisis. As students with disabilities return to school after missing significant instructional time and related services in the spring and summer, schools must develop plans that include in-person, hybrid, and remote instructional models to meet their needs. Schools must comply with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state R.S.A. 186-C – the civil rights laws which require them to offer a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to every child with a disability.
Children with disabilities are entitled to Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) that are designed to meet their unique needs. Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order #48 and other guidance recognize that one-size-fits-all solutions are not appropriate for students with disabilities and calls schools to act accordingly. If you are not able to get the services that your child needs, you can call or email us for assistance.
Accessible Voting During COVID-19
People with disabilities have the right to vote privately, independently, and safely, whether they vote in personon Election Day or via absentee ballot. With COVID-19 concerns, this is even more important. In July 2020, DRC-NH and Brown, Goldstein & Levy filed a lawsuit on behalf of National Federation of the Blind, National Federation of the Blind New Hampshire, Granite State Independent Living, and several individuals seeking the implementation of an accessible system for electronic delivery and marking of absentee ballots by voters who are blind or who have other physical disabilities, and an accessible process for voters to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. We are committed to protecting the voting rights of people with disabilities. Call or email us if you encounter any voting barriers as you register and/or vote, and visit drcnh.org for the most up-to-date information on the lawsuit.
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Welcome to the recently renamed and redesigned Disability RAPP. The themes explored in each issue, like this issues’ focus on the 30th Anniversary of the ADA, inform us and empower us to break barriers and challenge traditional ideas of what it means to live with a disability. We updated the Disability RAPP design to be more accessible in both its print and digital formats.
DRC-NH, in collaboration with the UNH Institute on Disability and the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities, distribute a quarterly RAP sheet to educate community members and policy makers about the latest research, policy, practice, and advocacy issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.