Indians with disabilities lack services in schools

American Indians with disabilities are being left behind by school systems, according to a report from the Native American Disability Law Center in New Mexico.

A 2007 survey found that 41 percent of Indians with disabilities couldn't get the services they needed in schools. Another 27 percent said Indian children with disabilities were more likely to be disciplined.

Sixty-seven percent said they were concerned about the quality of special education programs at schools. But few of them felt empowered enough to speak up about it.

The center is based in Farmington, New Mexico, and advocates for Indians with disabilities in the Four Corners area.

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