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Advancing the Human & Civil Rights of People with Disabilities in Illinois


EFE’s Recent Work

African American Boy ReadingEvaluation leads to reading support

We were contacted by a parent with an 11-year-old student who was failing reading tests and falling behind in class. Although the school had set up informal support and extra reading time for the boy, the school provided no special education services. We worked with the parent to request a copy of the student’s school file and reviewed his records. We then helped the parent request a special education evaluation. When the school received the request, it immediately scheduled a meeting to determine how to evaluate the child. After the evaluation, we attended a school meeting in which the student was found eligible for Learning Disability services and an IEP with extra reading support.

Attorney forces school to reverse expulsion

We worked with a pro bono attorney from Skadden Arps to represent a student with emotional disorders and a learning disability who was being expelled from his school. His grandmother had requested an evaluation for special education services, but despite his disabilities, the school denied him an individualized education plan. The pro bono attorney was able to force the district to rescind his expulsion so he could return to school immediately, remove references to the expulsion from his student file, conduct a comprehensive re-evaluation and find him eligible for special education services.

School finds boy eligible for services

One of our community health partners referred the mother of a 9-year-old boy to us. She wanted help obtaining a case study evaluation from the school to determine if her son needed special education services. Based on our review of the referring physician’s evaluation, we helped the parent draft a request for a case study evaluation. The school agreed to evaluate the student and found him eligible for special education services.

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Last updated: September 10, 2021

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