Resource developed with National Education Association, National Association of School Psychologists and National Center for Lesbian Rights
Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released Advocating for LGBTQ Students with Disabilities, a powerful new resource that provides educators and parents an overview of the rights of LGBTQ students with disabilities, as well as actionable recommendations on how to best support them. It includes a blueprint for successfully developing an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for special services or a 504 plan for academic accommodations for LGBTQ students with disabilities.
The resource was developed in collaboration with legal and education experts at the National Education Association, the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
Vincent Pompei, Director of HRC’s Youth Well-Being Program and annual Time to THRIVE conference
The guide offers specific strategies for supporting LGBTQ students with disabilities, including creating school policies to affirm students’ gender identity, name and pronouns; assisting students in developing self-advocacy skills; and implementing schoolwide, multi-tiered behavioral frameworks that instruct students and school staff on how to behave respectfully and outline how to address problem behavior.
HRC will also use this resource to inform a variety of HRC Foundation programs for youth and youth-serving professionals, including the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program; Welcoming Schools, All Children-All Families, Project THRIVE and the annual Time to THRIVE Conference.