Special education students have school needs that parents can’t always afford. In the case of five year old Dylan B. Randall, there were many elements of his health that needed consistent medical attention. This resulted in a need to have special accommodations. The proper school desired was a private school that his parents couldn’t afford. The father took it upon himself to ask the city for the funds to send his child to this school. However, a denied request resulted in the father placing a lawsuit. Over $33,000 later, the father won the case which meant that the city would pay for the son to attend a private school that specialized in disability accommodations. All of his legal fees were also reimbursed.
Dylan’s health trouble represented an extreme for families with special needs children. He was not able to speak or stand. Additionally, his breathing was controlled by a ventilator, resulting in the need to be fed through a gastric tube. As few days before the child was able to attend school, he fell into sudden physical distress. The ailments he was already combating led him into cardiac arrest, eventually leading to his death. Dylan never got a chance to attend this school and therefore the father is stepping forward to help others experiencing the same predicament as his son.
He is lobbying to get the city to change placement policies for special needs students.Dylan was not the only child to encounter this situation. Thousands of other families were combating similar issues around the same time. They also placed lawsuits and often won to receive the support they needed. The city now spends $200 million per year to fund this form of education. Alternatively, Judge Valerie Caproni wrote, “The law does not guarantee disabled children…the best education that money can buy.”
To further explore this news story, please visit the article written by The New York Times here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/nyregion/28specialed.html?_r=1