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Americans with Disabilities Act

Individuals with disabilities shall be provided an opportunity to participate in all school-sponsored services, programs, or activities and will not be subject to illegal discrimination. When appropriate, the District may provide to persons with disabilities aids, benefits, or services that are separate or different from, but as effective as, those provided to others. 

The District will provide auxiliary aids and services where necessary to afford individuals with disabilities equal opportunity to participate in or enjoy the benefits of a service, program, or activity.

Each service, program, or activity operated in existing facilities shall be readily accessible to, and useable by, individuals with disabilities. New construction and alterations to facilities existing before January 26, 1992, will be accessible when viewed in their entirety. 

The Superintendent or designee is designated the Title II Coordinator and shall: 

  1. Oversee the District's compliance efforts, recommend necessary modifications to the Board, and maintain the District's final Title II self-evaluation document and keep it available for public inspection, for at least 3 years after its completion date.
  2. Institute plans to make information regarding Title II's protection available to any interested party.

Individuals with disabilities should notify the Superintendent or Building Principal if they have a disability that will require special assistance or services and, if so, what services are required. This notification should occur as far in advance as possible of the school-sponsored function, program, or meeting. 

Individuals with disabilities may allege a violation of this policy or federal law by reporting it to the Superintendent, or designated Title II Coordinator, or by filing a grievance under the Uniform Grievance Procedure. The District's current Complaint Managers for the Uniform Grievance Procedure are: The Principal, Assistant Principals, or Director of the Pathways Campus, Joliet Central High School (Phone: 815-727-6750), Joliet West High School (Phone: 815-727-6950), or Pathways Campus (Phone: 815-727-6810) Pupil Personnel Services Coordinator, Joliet Central High School (Phone: 815-727-6750), Joliet West High School (Phone: 815-727-6950), or Pathways Campus (Phone: 815-727-6810)
(School Board Polices 8:70 and 2:260)

Information Regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 
Section 504 is a statute that prohibits discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving federal financial assistance. Joliet Township High School District 204 recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability will knowingly be permitted in any of the programs or practices in the school system. 

Students with disabilities who do not qualify for an individualized education program, as required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and implementing provisions of the School Code, may qualify for services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the child (i) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, (ii) has a record of a physical or mental impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment. 105 ILCS 5/14-6.01 

The Section 504 Grievance Coordinator is Dr. Iman Ellis-Bowen (815)727-6984.