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. After NW filed for due process, the district agreed to let her observe a different program for her son, but it was not appropriate to meet his needs. NW has a settlement conference scheduled for late August; she is seeking representation to obtain an appropriate placement for her son, OT and additional individual SL therapy, IEEs including an FBA, appropriate transition services, and compensatory education if warranted.
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