Know your rights

In Stark County, rights are in place to make sure every student has access to quality education – regardless of physical, cognitive or social barriers. It is important for parents and students to be aware of and understand these rights, so kids can effectively self-advocate for the services and supports they deserve. Learn about your rights, understand your wants and needs and raise your voice to take action. These guidelines and resources can help ensure those educational rights.

Your rights & responsibilities

Everyone – regardless of age or ability – has the following rights, which can help build confidence and guide self-advocacy:

  • The right to accessible accommodations in public places
  • The right to ask for help when you need it
  • The right to be treated with dignity and respect
  • The right to convey your needs and wants
  • The right to form meaningful partnerships
  • The right to live independently
  • The right to say “no” if something doesn’t feel comfortable
  • The right to speak and act on your own behalf