ESSEX COUNTY - SPECIAL EDUCATION
Representation at due process hearing to obtain out-of-district placement and possible comp. ed.
VF is a 12-year-old 6th-grader who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder without impairment in language or intellect, as well as generalized anxiety disorder; she is classified as Emotionally Disturbed. Last year, two teachers grabbed VF by her arms and forced her into a classroom she was refusing to enter. After VF physically resisted, the district sent her for a psychiatric clearance to show that she was not a danger to herself or others. Since then, VF has exhibited school refusal, and has been on home instruction for most of the school year. Her private therapist has recommended in writing and at IEP meetings that VF requires placement in a therapeutic school, but the district has refused. A recent independent psychological evaluation also recommends a significant change in the district’s approach to VF. VF’s mother, KF, is seeking representation at a due process hearing (not yet scheduled) to obtain an out-of-district placement for VF and compensatory educational services if warranted.
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