Special Education Faculty

Workshop

Welcome Special Educators


The workshop will discuss The Dignity Act that prohibits harassment, discrimination, and bullying of individuals on school property or at a school function based upon a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex.


The goal of The Dignity Act is to promote a safe and supportive learning environment in all public and charter schools.


The Dignity Act was signed into law on September 13, 2010, took effect July 1, 2012 and amended July 1, 2013



Special Education Faculty Workshop

Monday, Nov. 18th, 8am

District Office

The workshop is being presented to P-12 special educators for discussion of The Dignity Act and how it impacts special educators, families of children with disabilities, and students with disabilities.

Introduction of the New York State The Dignity for All Act



Topic One: Review of prior and current legislation

Topic Two: Impact on special educators

Topic Three: Impact on families with students of educational disabilities

Topic Four: Impact of students with educational disabilities



Special Educators

The workshop will discuss how the Dignity Act increases special educators responsibilities through reporting procedures, revised classroom instruction of curriculum, and prevention/intervention on three levels.



The workshop will also discuss how The Dignity Act can be incorporated into the class lessons on proper communication on the internet.


Families of Students with Educational Disabilities

The workshop will discuss how The Dignity Act positively impacts families of students with educational disabilities by giving them a piece of mind that their children will be treated fairly in the environments of school property, school bus, and school events.



Families of students with educational disabilities have the support of the law that supports the dignity and respect that their children deserve while at school, summer school, or online and prohibits discrimination, harassment, and bullying by students and employees.


If the school officials fail to comply with the law then families can file an appeal with the New York State Commissioner of Education.


References


Hallahan, D.P., Kauffman, J.M., and Pullen, P.C.(2012). Exceptional Learners: An

Introduction to Special Education, 12th Edition. Pearson Education, Inc.

Illustrations. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/