DRLC is pleased to announce Kathryn L. Tucker, Esq., as its new Executive Director and Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs. Ms. Tucker joins DRLC from the national nonprofit organization Compassion & Choices, where she worked to improve patient rights and choice at the end of life as Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs for two decades. She also served as lead counsel in two landmark end of life care cases before the United States Supreme Court, which established the right of dying patients to aggressive pain management.
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DRLC Files Special Education Due Process Complaint Against Desert Sands Unified School District
On Wednesday, February 13th, DRLC filed a special education administrative due process complaint with the California Office of Administrative Hearings against Desert Sands Unified School District. The claim was filed on behalf of a 7-year old student diagnosed with learning disabilities who attends Gerald R. Ford Elementary School, and charges that the District failed to provide the young student with special education and related services as required by federal and state law.
The student was originally provided with special education services for a year; however all support abruptly ended after the District's own assessment. Instead of providing instructional services required to meet the girl's needs, the school simply placed her in a classroom for students who are deaf or hard of hearing (she is neither deaf nor heard of hearing) without proper evaluation or the parents consent.
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