Seeking Stories of Parents who can t afford expert witnesses for Congress We are seeking stories about parents who could not afford expert witnesses for IDEA
Feb 23, 2011
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Seeking Stories of Parents who can't afford expert witnesses for
We are seeking stories about parents who could not afford expert
witnesses for IDEA due process hearings to share with members of Congress.
Advocates are working in support of a Congressional bill that would
enable parents to recover expert witness fees for IDEA due process hearings and
cases. But in 2006, the Supreme Court held in Arlington Central School District
v. Murphy that parents could not be reimbursed for expert witness fees in IDEA
cases--a right that other plaintiffs have in ADA and Title VII cases.
Without experts, parents and students with disabilities have little chance of
success in due process hearings, and poor and middle-income families suffer the
most. We are looking for parents who would be willing to share their
stories about being unable to afford expert witnesses with members of Congress.
These could be families who were unable to go to a due process
hearing because they could not afford expert witnesses. They could be
parents who went to due process but their case suffered badly without expert
witnesses. They could also be parents whom the school district took to a due
process hearing, but they could not afford expert witnesses who could help them
defend themselves. The parents' stories will ultimately be shared with
members of Congress. Please contact Jessica Butler, Congressional
Affairs Coordinator, Autism National Committee, at jessica@... if you have helpful stories or if you would
like more information about this project.
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