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The Special Ed Advocate

Big Win in Dyslexia Case!
Court Orders District to Reimburse Parents $456,990.

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Today's issue is a 2-minute read (498 words).

Did you know . . . "Reading disabilities are the most understood and effectively corrected learning disability ... but if help is delayed until third grade, children rarely catch up with their peers."

"75% of children who were poor readers in the 3rd grade remained poor readers in the 9th grade and could not read well when they became adults."

"If parents suspect that their child has dyslexia, the sooner they act on their suspicions, the better it will be for their child." - From ABC to ADHD: What Every Parent Needs to Know

In this issue of The Special Ed Advocate, you'll learn about ...

  • Big Win in Dyslexia Case! Judge Orders District to Reimburse Parents $456,990.

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Big Win in Dyslexia Case! Judge Orders District to Reimburse Parents $456,990.60

In Big Win in Dyslexia Case, you'll learn about O.R. v. Clark County Schools, a case about methodology, teacher training, procedural safeguards, and damages under Section 504 and the ADA.

In Big Win in Dyslexia Case, you'll also get the answer to everyone's burning question: "How much does it really cost to train a teacher in Orton-Gillingham?"

Prepare to be surprised by the answer.

O.R. v. Clark County Schools, is a noteworthy case in several respects:

  • the IEP team failed to consider evaluations provided by the parents and failed to meaningfully consider the parents' concerns for enhancing their child's education;

  • the IEP team ignored the findings and recommendations from the professional evaluations of O.R.;

  • O.R.'s needs were complex so she required a methodology that was research-based, systemic, cumulative, and rigorously implemented;

  • the district's only response to the parents' requests for a program that met their child's needs was "Trust us to provide her with what she needs";

  • the Court held an evidentiary hearing to obtain expert testimony about Orton-Gillingham methodology;

  • the Court held that the cost to train teachers in the Orton-Gillingham method is minimal and reasonable;

  • the Court ordered the Clark County School District to reimburse the parents $456,990.60 for their costs and damages.

Big Win in Dyslexia Case includes the Parent's Complaint, the decision in O.R. v. Clark County Schools,links to caselaw about reading, and other resources.

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