SS19E-1000002

MERCER COUNTY - SPECIAL EDUCATION

Representation at Due Process hearing; originally scheduled for January 7th, but parent requested adjournment to secure pro bono representation

MT is a 17-year-old special education student who is diagnosed with autism, CAPD, dyscalculia, dyslexia, and dysgraphia. He is classified under the category of autism. When MT entered High School for the 9th grade in the 2017-2018 school year, he was placed in a self-contained LLD classroom. However, the classroom that MT was in was not appropriate for him. MT had filed for due process in the spring of 2018 and ultimately was able to enter into a settlement agreement that resulted in MT being placed in pull-out resource for Language Arts and Math, and inclusion and general education rooms for the rest of his classes. While the placement issue was resolved, unfortunately, the issue of proper supports and accommodations for MT was not resolved. Parent attended a facilitated IEP meeting in October 2018 at which the facilitator assisted in coming up with supports and accommodations that would help MT but when the school district drafted the final proposed IEP, it did not contain any of the suggested supports and accommodations. The parent filed for due process in order to obtain appropriate supports and accommodations for MT in his classes. She had a hearing date scheduled for January 8, 2019, but requested an adjournment to allow her more time to find a pro bono attorney.

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