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Is there ADA-type recourse against a private tech school for failing to reasonably accommodate my disabled son?

Sacramento, CA |

My 19-yr-old son was recently expelled from Wyotech Auto Tech program in W. Sacto, CA. Before enrolling, I told admissions & financial aid personnel (& gave the school his last IEP from 12th grade) he'd been in Special Ed since Kindergarten & that he needed extra help. Was told to bring in the IEP (did it the next day, a month before classes started). He not only never got any accommodations (until the last day he took his last final, just after he was told if he failed that test he was 'out of there'), he was never given any real notice as to there being problems with his grades/progress and was allowed to flail along from start to finish. No grades were ever mailed home, no notice was ever given in writing of the existence of a problem.

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I would speak to a qualified disability attorney in Sacramento to discuss your son's rights. The ADA is a very complicated statute and you need to get advice from a qualified professional.

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The Learning Rights Center in Los Angeles represents children with IEPs. I don't know if they represent clients as far north as Sacramento or adults like your son, but you can contact them and see if they do, or to whom they can refer you.

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