Advocating for LGBTQ Students with Disabilities

A Guide for Educators And Parents/ Guardians on Supporting LGBTQ Students With an IEP or 504 Plan

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students with disabilities face unique challenges as a result of their disability status and potential bias related to their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression.

Educators, counselors, parents/guardians and other adult allies play an important role in ensuring the safety, inclusion and well-being of these students, all of which are essential to academic and social-emotional growth in the classroom and school communities.

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans for these students should account for the unique needs and experiences of LGBTQ students with disabilities to ensure that they can learn and participate in school programs and activities in a nondiscriminatory environment.

This resource provides an overview of the rights of LGBTQ students with disabilities as well as actionable recommendations on how to best support them.

Resource developed by the HRC Foundation, National Education Association, National Association of School Psychologists and National Center for Lesbian Rights.

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Advocating for LGBTQ Students with Disabilities

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