Director of Student Services
The Reading Community City School District seeks to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with a disability, from infants to age 21, based upon IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) eligibility, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services. Children are identified, located, and evaluated in accordance with all federal regulations and state guidelines. This includes children attending private or parochial schools whose parent(s) reside within the Reading Community City School District's enrollment area.
For children, birth through age two, a disability is defined as a child that has a deficit in one or more of the following areas: behavior, cognition, communication, physical development, sensory development, or social/emotional development. For children ages three through five years of age, a disability means the child has a documented deficit in one or more of the following areas: communication skills, hearing, motor functioning, social-emotional/behavior functioning or vision.
For school-age students, a disability is defined as a student having one or more conditions such as autism, multiple disabilities, hearing impairment, visual impairment, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, emotional/behavior disability, specific learning disability, or traumatic brain injury.
Additionally, it is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are evaluated, identified, and served. Section 504 disabilities are mental or physical impairments, or a history of such impairments that “substantially limit one or more major life activities.”
If you know of a child with a suspected disability, please contact the Director of Student Services at Reading Community City Schools, 1301 Bonnell Avenue, Reading Ohio, 45215, 513-842-5100.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a federal anti-discrimination law intended to create a level playing field in regular education. Section 504 covers qualified students with disabilities who attend schools receiving Federal financial assistance. To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to: (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or (2) have a record of such an impairment; or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment. Section 504 requires that school districts provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (Office of Civil Rights). Section 504 was not created to give unfair advantage. Accommodations must apply only to the named impairment.
What is a “Major Life Activity?”
Major life activities include caring for one’s self, performing a manual task, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, and learning.
What is a “Record” of Impairment?
A record of impairment may include a history of an impairment and/or a diagnosis of assessment of an impairment.
When is an Individual “Regarded” as having such an Impairment?
When the district’s perception of, response to, reaction, or attitude toward the student results in treating the student as having an impairment, then the student will be considered disabled and protected under Section 504.