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Disabled EducationA Critical Analysis of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act$
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Ruth Colker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708101

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708101.001.0001

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District of Columbia

District of Columbia

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Disabled Education

Ruth Colker

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the results of hearing officer decisions in the District of Columbia involving parents who challenge individualized education programs (IEP) on behalf of their children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). During the 1960s and 1970s, the District of Columbia was the site of the litigation that showed the relationship between race, poverty, and inadequate services for students with disabilities. Yet its educational system, including its assistance for students with disabilities, remains in complete disarray. The District of Columbia has a poor record of being out of compliance with the IDEA on both procedural and substantive grounds. This chapter begins by telling the story of Amanda, who was diagnosed with autism in 2005 and found eligible for special education on February 13, 2008, before entering a D.C. public school kindergarten. It then considers other cases that reveal a relatively high rate of success for low-income families using the private enforcement system.

Keywords:   hearing officer decisions, District of Columbia, parents, individualized education program, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, students with disabilities, special education, low-income families

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