Making School Work, PL Files Federal Complaint on Behalf of Students with LD and ADHD

Three students, who are triplets suffering from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Learning Disabilities (LD), have filed suit against Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) claiming school officials at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at Florida International University (MAST@FIU), an elite STEM magnet school, have harassed and discriminated against them because of their disability. This law firm, Making School Work, PL represents the boys and filed suit on their behalf under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  The suit alleges that MAST@FIU officials routinely refused to accommodate their severe ADHD and LD and did not make the high-tech devices and materials available to other students accessible to them.  This suit also aims to enforce a legal win at the administrative due process level  (see post below from November, 2015) under Section 1983 and the IDEA, with which the school district still has not complied.

The students contend they were routinely harassed for simply trying to get the school to comply with their IEPs. For example, when one of them tried to leave class to attend an annual disability meeting, the suit says, a teacher forced him to walk through the hallways with a large sign around his neck reading, “I am missing out on an important educational opportunity for this frivolous errand.”

In response, the suit alleges, MAST@FIU teachers “bad-mouthed them; delayed or denied requests for assessments or evaluations; likely fabricated or created after the fact documentation to support their [the teachers’] case; and targeted the students which made them feel degraded and unwanted at MAST@FIU.”

This story was reported in the Miami New Times and LegalClips of the National School Boards Association.

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