COVID-19 Related Information
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on students with disabilities and the DSPS professionals who serve them. Ensuring accommodations and accessibility of online platforms and applications has been a priority for all those working in DSPS. The Chancellor’s Office, state, and federal government are supporting these efforts and are of great importance to the field.
These COVID-19 resources will be updated as new information becomes available.
Looking to the Future
It is quite possible that COVID-19 will be a disability within the meaning of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act and in other instances, it will not -- largely depending on the impact of the virus on an individual student’s major life activities (like breathing).
Even if a student’s case of COVID-19 does not qualify as a disability under Section 504 and the ADA, its manifestations and/or accompanying social isolation and distancing may impact a known or documented impairment that is a disability within the meaning of Section 504 and the ADA.