District of Columbia Advisory Committee

to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Accessing Services for Students with Disabilities

in DC Public Schools

The District of Columbia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) is studying access to special education and transportation services in D.C. for students with disabilities. The Committee will examine if policies, practices, and procedures limit access to these services on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice. Background information on the topic, relevant federal, state, or local laws, and methodology for the investigation can be found in the Committee’s Project Proposal. The Project Proposal also highlights key questions that the Committee seeks to address in its investigation, which informs potential speakers as to what information they should be presenting.

The Committee is hosting a series of online panel briefings to hear testimony from various stakeholders, including researchers, academics, advocates, government officials, and impacted individuals.

The collection of testimony will conclude 30 days after the Committee’s final briefing on the topic. The Committee will then distill findings and recommendations from the collected testimony. These findings and recommendations will be included in a report to the Commission on the Committee’s chosen topic.

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Upcoming Meeting

Briefing II

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

From 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)


Maria Blaeuer | Director of Programs and Outreach, Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc.

Individuals and families with direct experience with special education services in D.C.


Welcoming Remarks (12:00 p.m.)

Panelist Remarks (12:10 p.m.)

Committee Q&A (1:00 p.m.)

Closing Remarks (1:40 p.m.)

Public Comment (1:45 p.m.)

Adjournment (2:00 p.m.)

Closed captioning is provided through Zoom and available by selecting "CC" in the meeting platform. Individuals requiring accommodations may contact [email protected] at least 10 business days prior to the meeting.

There will be a public comment period near the end of the briefing. Members of the public may make comments for up to five minutes on the topic. Please note that the Committee is advisory in nature only and has no enforcement authority. The Committee, therefore, cannot investigate or resolve individual civil rights complaints.

Written comment will also be accepted—members of the public may submit written comments to [email protected] within 30 days of the meeting to be included in the meeting records.

Meeting records are available publicly on the FACA database.

Briefing Records

Each briefing is recorded and transcribed for the public record. To learn more about each briefing, please follow the button below:


Policy Brief

For questions, please contact:

Sarah Villanueva, Support Specialist

[email protected]

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