Two sets of laws are relevant: education laws and civil rights laws. The Washington State Constitution affirms the responsibility of the state to provide a public education to all children residing within its borders. The laws meant to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities or special developmental issues also apply to children whose special needs are related to undergoing a BMT.
The civil rights laws protecting students extend to all education settings up to and beyond grade 12, including colleges and universities, and vocational training programs. These laws offer some employment-related protections as well. Both education and civil rights laws are important to BMT survivors and their families, as the patients are often unable to attend school for many months or even years due to complications and need to avoid exposure to infections, and also need the constant availability of a caregiver. Many (but not yet all) parents of BMT survivors may be helped by the job protections of the civil rights laws.
There are many excellent resources from local, state, and national agencies and organizations, available to help children and their families. As there may be some overlap in programs provided by each, we recommend that you seek assistance from your child’s BMT social worker or one of the service-navigation agencies to find those specific resources that will best meet your child’s needs.