Special Education Faculty
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
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.
Congress passed legislation and President Bush signed it into federal law called Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Education Act (IDEA). Under this law, children with disabilities are to receive equal education services. The law sanctions that each state provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities.
The Dignity Act
Deriving from the IDEA (2004), The Dignity Act makes it the official policy of New York state that all students in public and charter schools have the right to an education free of discrimination, harassment, and bullying.
New York State The Dignity for All Act
Every district is required by this law to include age appropriate version of the policy in its code of conduct. The Dignity Act addresses material incidents of discrimination, harassment, and bullying of students by students and faculty or staff.
The Dignity Act
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
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.
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/