Presented by Claudette Rushing
Claudette will explain the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) investigative process. She will provide an overview of how OCR investigations work and also the requirements for students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
About the presenter: Claudette Rushing is an attorney at the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). She has been with OCR for the past five years and has worked extensively with disability discrimination and harassment complaints and cases related to the right to a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Prior to joining OCR, she worked as the Oregon Department of Education’s Legal Specialist for IDEA complaints, mediation requests, and due process hearings. Ms. Rushing has also worked as an arbitrator and an IDEA state hearing officer. Ms. Rushing was formerly a reading and language arts teacher, and she specialized in working with gifted and talented children with dyslexia and other reading differences. She lives in Seattle and enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, meditation, and spending time with her daughter.