North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) with regard to the department website, nd.gov/dpi/ which is developed by, maintained by, or offered through the third party vendor and open sources is committed to all requirements as written in section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended in 1998 and Title II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, so that students, parents, and member of the public with disabilities are able to independently acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with an ease of use. A person with a disability must be able to obtain the information as fully, equally, and independently as person without a disability. Although this may not result in identical ease of use compared to that of persons without disabilities, it still must ensure equal opportunity to the benefits and opportunities afforded by the technology and equal treatment in the use of said technology.
All existing web content produced by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, and new, updated and existing web content provided by third party developers, will conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA conformance.
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s Director of Information, Communications and Research will be responsible for reviewing and evaluating new material that is published by NDDPI staff and uploaded to the website for accessibility on a weekly basis. Any department with non-conforming webpages will be asked to correct the problem in a timely manner.
For inquiries regarding Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d) and Title II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 policies, contact Robin Tschider, NDDPI 504 Coordinator, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 201, Bismarck, ND 58505-0440 or call (701) 328-2714.
Federal regulations require that each state adopt procedures for receiving and resolving complaints. It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, programs or activities by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.
The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as name—last, first, middle, date, address, email address of complainant, location of alleged incidence, date, and description. Alternative means of filing a complaint, such as a personal interview or an audio recording of the complaint will be made available upon contacting the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction at (701) 328-2267.
The complaint should be submitted by the complainant and/or their designee before, but not later than sixty (60) days after the alleged misdoing. The complaint may be submitted electronically via the grievance form or mail a hard copy to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction at 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Department 201, Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0440.
When a written complaint is filed, NDDPI 504 Coordinator or the Director of Information, Communications and Research will investigate the alleged violation. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction may wish to meet with the complainant and discuss the misdoing and possible resolutions in person within sixty (60) calendar days from the date the complaint is received. Regardless whether a meeting is held, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction will investigate and issue a written response, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant. The investigation and response will be initiated and completed within sixty (60) days from the date the complaint is received.
Once a response is received from the NDDPI, the person making the complaint may submit a reconsideration request or appeal in writing to the State Superintendent within thirty (30) days of the date of NDDPI’s response. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s State Superintendent will issue a final decision within thirty (30) days of the request for reconsideration.
Once a response is received from the State Superintendent, the complainant may submit a reconsideration request in writing to the Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20208.