Director of Student Services
The Reading Community City School District seeks to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with handicaps 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 are identified, located, and evaluated in accordance with all federal regulations and state guidelines. This includes children attending private or parochial schools whose parents reside within our Reading Community City School District enrollment area.
For children, birth through age two, a disability means that a child has a behavior, cognition, communication, physical development, sensory development and/or social or emotional development deficit. For children ages three through five years of age, a disability means that a child has a documented deficit in one or more of the following areas: communication skills, hearing abilities, motor functioning, social-emotional/behavior functioning or vision abilities.
For school-age students, a disability means a person having one or more conditions such as autism, multi-handicapped, impairments related to hearing, vision, orthopedically and/or other health handicap, emotional/behavior handicap, specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury or visual handicap would be included.
Additionally, it is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are handicapped 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 handicap, 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 are the nine major life activity areas.
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, that the student will be considered handicapped and protected under Section 504.