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Negotiation with district to obtain IEEs, comp. ed., and possible change of placement

JR is a 14-year-old 8th-grader who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is high functioning, but has frequent behavioral outbursts; the district’s response is to send him to the principal’s office or suspend him. In May, JR ran out of the school and no one noticed. Last year, the district failed to implement his speech-language therapy for months because the therapist retired, and still has not made up those hours, claiming there’s not enough time before he graduates. JR’s grandmother and legal guardian, GS, is seeking independent evaluations, compensatory services, and either an appropriate out-of-district placement or at least implementation of an appropriate IEP.

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