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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 without proper evaluation or the parents consent.

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DRLC Files Due Process Complaint and Request for Due Process Hearing Against Ontario Montclair School District

On Friday, February 8th, DRLC filed a due process complaint and request for due process hearing against the Ontario Montclair School District alleging that the district failed to identify the Petitioner as a student with disabilities pursuant to California Education Code section 56300 and 56301, as well as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvements Act (IDEA). The complaint also alleges that the District filed to provide Petitioner with a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and requests that the District provide Petitioner with prospective and compensatory educational therapy, prospective and compensatory speech and language services, psychological services, and attorney's fees.

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DRLC Files Federal Law Suit Against Quicken Loans, Inc. for Disability Discrimination

On Thursday, December 6th, DRLC and the law firm of Brancart and Brancart filed a federal lawsuit in the Central District of California alleging that the mortgage lender Quicken Loans, Inc. "imposes unnecessary and unduly burdensome" requirements on people with disabilities applying for home loans. 

The case, Gomez v. Quicken Loans, Inc., Case No. CV12-10456 RGK (SHx), alleges that Quickens violates fair housing laws by requiring Gomez, who has HIV, to adhere to different terms and conditions when applying for a refinance loan by requiring medical certification of his current and future disability status in order to establish receipt of continued disability income.  The company does not require other applicants to provide information on health status or proof of future income unless they rely on disability benefits.   

Though the DRLC has a longstanding commitment to all people with disabilities, including a particular focus on people living with HIV and AIDS, this marks the first official case of the newly created HIV Law and Policy Project. 

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DRLC Files Due Process Complaint Aagainst Long Beach Unified School District

DRLC and co-counsel Alston & Bird, LLP filed a special education administrative due process complaint with the California Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) against Long Beach Unified School District.

In the complaint, Luz Madrigal, a nineteen-year-old girl who was eligible to receive special education and related services due to her vision loss, alleges that Long Beach Unified School District failed to provide her with appropriate special education and other services that she needed to learn resulting in a loss of educational opportunity and learning, loss of services to help her access the information in her classes, and increased difficulty with transitioning to an independent life post-high school all to her educational and emotional detriment.  

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