BL vs. North Penn School District

This is a redacted version of the original decision. Select details have been removed from the decision to preserve anonymity of the student. The redactions do not affect the substance of the document.

Special Education Hearing Officer


Child’s Name: BL
Date of Birth:

Dates of Hearing: July 13 and July 28,


ODR Case # 10040-08-09-KE

Parties to the Hearing:

Mr. Jenna Rufo
North Penn School District 401 E. Hancock Street Lansdale, PA 19446


Pro Se

Thomas Warner, Esquire
Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams 331 Butler Avenue
P.O. Box 5069
New Britain, PA 18901

Date Record Closed: August 17, 2009

Date of Decision: September 1, 2009

Hearing Officer: Jake McElligott, Esquire



Student (“student”) is a 19-year old student residing in the North Penn School District (“District”) who has been identified as a student with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act of 2004 (“IDEIA”)1. The parents requested an independent occupational therapy/sensory integration (“OT/SI”) evaluation at District expense. The District requested a due process hearing to defend the appropriateness of its occupational therapy evaluation.


Is the District’s OT/SI evaluation appropriate, or are the parents entitled to an independent evaluation at District expense?
Are the parents entitled to reimbursement of fees for services provided by a neuro-developmental disability case manager?


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