Education Practice Group Secures Funding for Tuition at a Private Day School and a 1:1 Paraprofessional for Student with Special Needs

TM is a 12 year old girl from Staten Island diagnosed with a Seizure Disorder, Orthopedic Deformities, a Chromosomal Abnormality, Congenital Low Muscle Tone, Palsy in her Right Eye, Expressive Language Disorder, Reading Disorder, Disorder of Written Expression, Mathematics Disorder, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Combined Type.

TM attended public school for many years. However, when it became clear to her parents that the public school could no longer provide TM with an appropriate education, they sought the assistance of Lewis Johs’ Special Education Practice Group, attorneys Eileen Libutti, Jennifer Frankola, and Maggie Cowley.  Through close counsel at TM’s IEP meeting, zealous representation at the impartial hearing, and savvy settlement negotiation, attorneys Libutti, Frankola, and Cowley were able to secure funding from the NYCDOE for TM’s tuition at a private specialized school with a one on one paraprofessional to assist with TM’s educational development. We are happy to report that TM’s mom feels TM has made wonderful educational and emotional progress in her current program.


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