Parents, Alpine School District dispute whether child has special needs

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  • AlexanderTWolf Lindon, UT
    March 22, 2014 11:10 a.m.

    Alpine school District has a history of ignoring those with disabilities. When my daughter needed speech therapy I had to threaten to sue them in order to get her one extra class. They finally acquiesced. I have met many other families with children with disabilities who have had the same experience with Alpine school District. They're more concerned about their budget than they are about individualized learning

  • KPED Hurricane, UT
    March 1, 2014 8:06 a.m.

    It is easy for the casual reader to assume that Asperberger's Syndrome should be an automatic qualifiter for an IEP. The district representative did state the case as Federal Law defines it (contrary to what the previous commenter submitted). Children with autism qualify for 504 accommodations.

    What the reporter failed to describe were the details of what accommodations have been made by the school presently. Schools can make numerous accommodations for students without going through Special Education testing.

    The Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act provides accommodations for students with disabilities--a "physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities." This can include physical impairments; illnesses or injuries; communicable diseases; chronic conditions like asthma, allergies, or diabeters, or learning deabilities.

  • Enough is enough! Saint George, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 10:01 p.m.

    Change is very hard on those with autism and Asperger's syndrome. The parents can't blame the school district entirely. If he was thriving in his Idaho situation, perhaps they should have stayed there. Maybe they could go to school with him and help with the instructions.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 5:21 p.m.

    Alpine is going to lose this one and may be on the hook for those services and perhaps damages. This young man has a disability. He has a high IQ and had he not had a disability would be doing fantastic. The parents have EVIDENCE that their son is failing school because of his disability and the lack of accommodations given by the district he requires. This is simple fodder for lawyers and is an embarrassment for ASD to even be fighting it at this point as no reasonable IEP would come to the same conclusion as ASD did. The problem sounds like the district ruled him out for services for SLD (specific Learning Disability) because of his IQ. HUGE mistake.

    This boy would qualify for services under Autism. He could also qualify under OHI (Other Health Impairment) with some of his other concerns, but the classification of Autism is the best option. He has obvious deficits for adaptive, social and emotional behaviors that are contributing to his failure in school.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Feb. 28, 2014 4:02 p.m.

    Even being gifted would result in an IEP in many districts.