Union County

KW19E-1002001

SPECIAL EDUCATION - UNION COUNTY

Negotiation at IEP meeting; IHP; representation in retaliation action

KC is a 15-year-old 9th-grader who has cerebral palsy, a seizure disorder, and asthma, which makes him prone to upper respiratory infections. He has significant developmental delays and is dependent on a feeding tube. For years, the school bus has picked KC up last in the morning due to a complex and time-consuming morning routine including use of a feeding pump and feeding tube. However, KC's pick-up schedule has recently changed; the district claims it will affect other students and the bus schedules are up to the transportation company. In addition, the district has failed to provide appropriate transition services to KC. His IEP is vague and not tailored to his postsecondary needs. KC's mother, KW, believes the district may be retaliating against her in response to past advocacy. KW is seeking representation at KC's annual review in June, as well as an Individualized Healthcare Plan providing KC is picked up last on the bus, an appropriate transition plan in his IEP, and relief from retaliation if warranted.

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NW19E-1000425

SPECIAL EDUCATION - UNION COUNTY

Representation at settlement conference to request OOD placement, additional services, IEEs, and possible comp ed.

DW is a 16-year-old 11th-grader who has been diagnosed with autism and has severe cognitive and communication deficits. He is currently in a self-contained class for students with moderate intellectual disabilities with an aide, receiving twice-weekly group speech-language (SL) services. His program and goals focus more on academics than skills or behavior; there is only one transition-related goal, and it involves simply making a list of jobs in the community. DW’s mother, NW, requested IEEs last year, but those that were completed were insufficient and lack recommendations. NW did obtain a private psychological evaluation which recommends an out-of-district autism school and emphasizes that DW needs more vocational/life skills training and SL and OT services. NW filed for due process and adjourned her April 4 settlement conference; she is waiting on a new date. She seeks an out-of-district placement for her son in a school for students with autism, OT and additional individual SL therapy, IEEs including an FBA, appropriate transition services, and compensatory education if warranted.

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LR18E-1001315

UNION COUNTY - CHILD SUPPORT

Assistance filing motion to negotiate or waive arrears

LR is a veteran seeking assistance with a child support arrears issue. LR is the father of five grown children, for whom he paid child support for several years. However, client has a large amount due in child support arrears and is now only receiving SSI payments. Due to the amount owed, he is not able to obtain a passport, and as he is on a fixed income, he will never be able to pay back the arrears. LR seeks assistance negotiating or waiving the arrears.

To review, email ebalan@vljnj.org