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Educational Resources for Dually Identified Students

Students who are identified as both English learners (ELs) and students with disabilities (SWDs) are referred to as dually identified students. Local education agencies (LEAs) must provide dually identified students with both the language assistance and disability-related services to which they are entitled under federal law. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children. LEAs must also meet their obligations, under Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 (EEOA), to ensure that ELs can participate meaningfully and equally in educational programs.

Resources by Topic



Community Based Organizations

Legal Obligations

Difference vs. Disability


Parent and Family Engagement

Secondary Transition


For more information or questions, please contact Anika Harris, manager, Language Acquisition Programs at [email protected].