The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Releases Report on Disability Rights Enforcement

he Department of Education Office for Civil Rights released a report covering the period of 2009 to 2011 that details the types of disability rights complaints it received.  Fifty-five percent of the complaints concerned disability discrimination. Of the 11,700 disability complaints OCR received, 4,600 alleged violations in the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE).  The report indicated that students served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) were twice as likely to be suspended from school as their peers without disabilities.  Of all the students who were expelled in school year 2009-2010, 16% were served under IDEA.  Of all reported physical restraints in schools, 70% involved children with disabilities.