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The ACLU of Delaware has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), calling on the agency to investigate the Delaware Department of Education’s (DDOE) systemic discrimination against deaf and hard-of-hearing youth, including lack of access to vital therapy programs and over-referrals to Delaware School for the Deaf. These practices violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504).  

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students, like all students, deserve the opportunity to receive a meaningful, individualized education as required under federal law. ACLU-DE is hopeful that OCR will act swiftly to investigate and resolve these system-wide failures. 

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Date filed

December 20, 2023