Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) advised educators to provide more behavioral supports for students requiring disciplinary action. In a Dear Colleague letter sent to education leaders, OSERS warned schools to promote positive behavioral interventions for students in need of support. The Autism Society recognizes the importance of a healthy learning environment for all students with disabilities and strongly discourages disciplinary removal, regardless of duration, from academic settings. Students have a right to access a quality education and to feel supported in school at all times.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued new guidance on the scope in which individuals are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The updated rules lessen restrictions on what constitutes a disability and clarifies legal protections afforded to those living with a disability and their rights under the ADA. The new regulations take effect October 2016.