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U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division

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U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services

Meeting the Communication Needs of Students with
Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities

What do Federal laws require of a public school to meet the communication needs of students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities?

Will the aids and services required be the same under both Federal laws?

Does the school have to give a student the aid or service the parents request?

What types of aids or services could be required for students?

Where can I get more information about the rights of students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities?

What can a parent do if the school won't give a child what the parent thinks is needed?

The Americans with Disabilities Act authorizes the Department of Justice (the Department) to provide technical assistance to individuals and entities that have rights or responsibilities under the Act. This document provides informal guidance to assist you in understanding the ADA and the Department's regulations.

This guidance document is not intended to be a final agency action, has no legally binding effect, and may be rescinded or modified in the Department's complete discretion, in accordance with applicable laws. The Department's guidance documents, including this guidance, do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities beyond what is required by the terms of the applicable statutes, regulations, or binding judicial precedent.