Statement of Support

The sub-group on Mental Health, Disabilities, and Chronic Illness of the Classics and Social Justice group affirms its support for The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which ensures that all children with disabilities have equal opportunity to public education. Research shows that students with learning disabilities like dyslexia have especially benefited from learning Latin. As a result of our extensive experience with these students, teachers of Latin and other classical subjects recognize the vital necessity of the law that protects their rights in the classroom. We also affirm our support for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects postsecondary students with disabilities from discrimination. In light of the Education Secretary’s professed ignorance of IDEA and the alarming increase in the public mocking and stigmatizing of those with physical and mental disabilities, we must renew our commitment to making classical studies accessible to all.

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