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SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING OFFICER
DUE PROCESS HEARING
Name of Child:
Date of Birth:
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Date of Hearing:
Catherine Reisman, Esquire, Carolla, Reisman and Gran, 19 Chestnut Street, Haddonfield, NJ 08022
Counsel for Parents
Montgomery County Early Intervention, 2 West Lafayette Street, Norristown, PA 19401
Heather Matejik, Esquire, Fox Rothschild, 10 Sentry Parkway, Suite 200 Blue Bell, PA 19422
Counsel for Local Educational Agency
Date of Decision:
Linda M. Valentini, Psy.D. Certified Hearing Official
The Child1 is currently a preschool-age child who received Early Intervention Services from the Intermediate Unit (IU) and who is eligible for special education pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Pennsylvania Chapter 14 under the current classification of developmental delay. As such, the Child is also an individual with a disability as defined under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. §794 and a protected handicapped student under Pennsylvania Chapter 15.2
In preparation for the Child’s transition from Early Intervention Services to Preschool Services the IU conducted a multidisciplinary evaluation which it completed on May 24, 2017 and issued to the Parents on or about May 26, 2017. On June 20, 2017 the Parents requested an independent educational evaluation (IEE) at public expense. The IU requested this hearing in response to the Parents’ request because it believes that its evaluation of the Child is appropriate.
For the reasons put forth below I find in favor of the Intermediate Unit.
Was the Intermediate Unit’s May 24, 2017 evaluation of the Child appropriate?