PASSAIC COUNTY - SPECIAL EDUCATION
Representation at mediation to obtain out-of-district placement, comp. ed., and/or IEE. Mediation scheduled for Friday, June 29th.
DG is a 12-year-old 6th-grader who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and chronic kidney disease. He is on peritoneal dialysis nightly and requires urinary catheterizations. DG is non-verbal, but the district has never conducted an assistive technology evaluation and rarely educates DG on how to use an iPad with Proloquo as required by his IEP. In December 2017, DG began receiving 10 hours of home instruction, as he had progressed to end stage renal disease, and speech therapy 3 times per week. Although DG’s previous IEPs provided him with OT and PT, the district refused to conduct such related services during home instruction. In a March 2018 letter, DG’s doctor stated that DG could return to school in an appropriate setting to meet his many needs, clarifying that he required a school equipped and staffed to handle medically fragile children. DG’s father, MG, requested to look at out-of-district placements for students with similar disabilities. The district, however, drafted an IEP proposing an in-district placement and without nursing as a related service. DG filed a request for mediation to invoke stay-put maintaining DG’s home instruction placement. He is seeking representation at mediation scheduled for June 29th to obtain an appropriate out-of-district placement, compensatory services, and independent evaluations if necessary.
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