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Disability Policy

Disability policy in the United States education system refers to the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in public and private K–12 and post-secondary educational programs. At both K–12 and postsecondary levels, current disability policy incorporates principles of inclusion and dignity of individuals with disabilities. It does so through legal requirements that include nondiscrimination and the provision of supportive services and accommodations. The policy in K–12 education is more comprehensive and extensive than in post-secondary education in terms of support services, procedural safeguards, student identification, and funding. The policy of inclusion at the K–12 level is critical to the preparation of students with disabilities to be qualified to be admitted to and to succeed in postsecondary education. Both K–12 and postsecondary education policies provide for least ...

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