The Goshen School District sends its students in PK to 5th grade to schools in the Newport School District. Students in 6 -12th grade can attend a public school of choice. If a student is eligible for special services, these services are provided by the school of attendance (unless the student is parentally placed at a nonpublic school). A Goshen School District Local Education Agency (LEA) Representative will be the overseer of the student’s special education program and will attend IEP meetings and sign to approve on behalf of the district. The Director of Student Services is the Goshen LEA Representative.
If you suspect that your child might be educationally disabled and qualifies for special services, you may make a written referral requesting that the school district determine your child’s eligibility. Such referrals and/or requests for additional information may be addressed to either person listed to the right. A letter addressing your concerns or this referral form can be used.
Section 504 is part of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which was enacted by Congress to combat discrimination against individuals with disabilities in programs and activities administered by any entity that receives federal financial assistance, including public schools. Section 504 states in pertinent part:
No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States…shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance….
The ADA Also Prohibits Disability-Based Discrimination
The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) also prohibits discrimination based on disability, but it is broader and applies to all public entities (including schools), whether or not they receive federal funds. The ADA also prohibits disability-based discrimination in employment by employers (public or private) with 15 or more employees, as well as in “places of public accommodation” such as stores, hotels, restaurants, day care centers, and private non-religious schools. State laws may also prohibit disability-based discrimination in public schools. The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) amended both the ADA and Section 504 in a manner that expands coverage of individuals but did not substantively change the obligation owed to individuals who qualify for protection.
from the Section 504 Handbook, Copyright © 2014 Drummond Woodsum & MacMahon. All rights are expressly reserved.
If you suspect that your child might be disabled under 504 and qualifies for 504 accommodations, you may make a written referral requesting that the school district determine your child’s eligibility. Such referrals and/or requests for additional information should be addressed to Dr. Gail Paludi. A letter addressing your concerns can be used.
Dr. Gail Paludi
PO Box 417
Goshen, NH 03752