New book available for educators serving English Learners with Disabilities

Serving ELs With Disabilities: At the Intersection of Civil Rights and Special Education Laws is a one-stop resource for understanding how to serve ELs with disabilities in K-12 schools.
By: | March 3, 2020

LRP Media Group, a recognized leader in the special education publishing industry, has released a 160-page guide that explains how federal laws covering English Learners and students with disabilities intersect. It’s also designed to help educators avoid inadvertent missteps that can lead to over- or under-identifying EL students for special education services.

Written by two practicing school attorneys, Serving ELs With Disabilities: At the Intersection of Civil Rights and Special Education Laws contains an easy-to-follow framework for compliant decision-making, plus practical guidance that helps educators apply that framework to real-life situations.

“This book is much more than citations to legal guidance, recent decisions, and the law. It explains just what teams should take into account when considering whether a student’s academic or other educational struggles are due to a disability or are the result of her limited English proficiency,” said LRP Executive Director of Education Content Julie J. Kline, Esq.

The new pamphlet by Brandon K. Wright, Esq., and Christine G. Christensen, Esq., includes information on topics such as:

  • Identifying who is an EL student as defined by ESSA and the IDEA;
  • Balancing civil rights laws and FAPE in a post-Endrew F. world;
  • Spotting potential hazards under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act;
  • Considering dual eligibility under the IDEA and Section 504;
  • Administering evaluations in an appropriate language;
  • And more.

Serving ELs With Disabilities: At the Intersection of Civil Rights and Special Education Laws is available for purchase from LRP Publications’ online store.


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