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Friday, January 28, 2011

With DRLC's Help, Student Finally Receives Special Ed


After the Los Angeles Unified School District failed to identify their son's need for special education, the parents of a ten-year-old boy contacted the DRLC. The student, who is in fifth grade, reads at a first grade level. Our staff attorneys filed a request for a due process hearing, alleging that the district had denied the student a free, appropriate public education, in violation of federal and state law, by failing to identify his special need and then, even after recognizing the student as eligible for special education, failing to provide him with appropriate services. Under the parties' settlement agreement, the student will receive 185 hours of compensatory one-to-one intensive academic and reading instruction from a qualified teacher, an additional three hours and 20 minutes of resource instruction each week for the remainder of the school year, extended school year instruction during the summer, and a referral to the Department of Mental Health for an evaluation for mental health services.

DRLC Advocacy Makes a Difference in Lives of Two Brothers


Two brothers, one in kindergarten and the other in the first grade, were diagnosed two years earlier with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In spite of this diagnosis, the school district repeatedly suspended them and failed to provide them with the support they needed. Our volunteers, attorneys, and law clerks advocated for the family at Individualized Education Program meetings. As a result, the boy in kindergarten transferred to a school with a special education class, and the first-grade boy now attends a non-public school designed to meet his needs. Today, the younger brother received a student of the month award, and his older brother was named student of the week. The children's parents contacted the DRLC to share the good news!

DRLC Welcomes New and Old Friends at Open House


We want to thank everyone who came to our January Open House last night. On a clear winter night, more than fifty people mingled on the lawn outside Founders Hall eating croissant sandwiches and sipping wine. Joseph Nelson, Office Coordinator and Options Assistant, led a group of students on a tour of our office while explaining our services and volunteer opportunities. Our staff attorneys talked about their cases as well as emerging trends in disability rights law. We formed new friendships and partnerships and caught up with our longtime supporters

DRLC Executive Director Paula Pearlman with funders

Paula Pearlman, DRLC Executive Director, and funders

Pro Bono Director Lani Woltmann with law student

Lani Woltmann, DRLC Pro Bono Director, with a guest

Joseph Nelson gives students a tour
Joseph Nelson, DRLC Office Coordinator and Options Assistant, speaks to students interested in volunteering
DRLC Bids Farewell to One and Welcomes Another

We want to thank Elliot Field for his excellent legal work for the DRLC and wish him the best of luck in his new position as an associate with the law firm of Olivarez, Gallagher & Padilla. While a staff attorney for our Education Advocacy Program, Elliot helped students gain access to special education services, including a student with mild intellectual impairment whose special needs were overlooked for years by Venice High School staff and teachers.    


The DRLC family welcomes Education Advocacy Project's Legal Assistant, Angelica de Lira's, beautiful baby girl. Congratulations to Angelica!


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