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Improving outcomes for youth with disabilities in juvenile corrections

from Ideas That Work

As recently noted by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice, the fact that a student has been charged with or convicted of a crime does not diminish his or her substantive rights or the procedural safeguards and remedies provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. More than 60,000 youth are currently in juvenile correctional facilities, and a large portion of these youth are identified as having a disability, yet less than half report that they are receiving special education services. To protect the rights for these youth and improve their chances of leading positive and successful lives, it is the shared responsibility of States, State educational agencies, public agencies, and correctional facilities to ensure full access to a free appropriate public education. more

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