Sample Advocacy Letters

Sample Letter - Disability Harrassment

Disability Harassment Sample Letter

Your Mailing Address
Your email address (optional)


Name of School Principal

RE: Name of Child: (Date of Birth) NOTICE

Dear (Principal):

I am writing to report that my child is being harassed in school because of his/her disability. As you know, my child has a (IEP or 504 plan) based on (specify the diagnosis or disability). The following is a list of some of the acts of harassment name of child has experienced.

• List each incident in order of when it happened. Include details about who was involved, what happened, where and when it occurred. Describe the impact of the incident on your child. Note any witnesses if there were any.

I have attempted to resolve my concerns by (explain how you have tried to resolve the problem, who you talked to, and any response to your concerns).

I am requesting that you take immediate steps to end this harassment and to prevent it from happening again. Please provide me with written notice of the actions you will take to keep my child safe and address the harassment. If you are unable to provide a written response and description of proposed actions, please indicate in writing when I can expect to receive them.

In addition, I am requesting a meeting of the Committee on Special Education (CSE) to discuss how to protect my child and how to address the effects of the harassment on child’s name. I can arrange to meet with you and the CSE on (list days you are available) between (give a range of time, such as between 2:00 and 4:00). Please let me know the earliest date available.

(Optional) Each day that passes is another day that my son/daughter remains unsafe. Therefore, if I do not hear from you promptly, I will be left with no choice but to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to working with you to resolve these problems.


Your Name

Name of President of Board of Education
(this info can usually be found on school website)

Name of Superintendent

Name of CSE Chairperson