Date of Birth
ODR File Number
July 25, 2006, August 21, 2006, September 12, 2006, October 5, 2006
Dates of Hearing
Record Closed October 24, 2006
Parties to Hearing
Parents Representative Drew Christian, Esq. 801 Monroe Avenue Scranton, PA 18510
School District Contact
Director of Special Education Spring-Ford Area School District 199 Bechtel Rd.
Collegeville, PA 19426-2829
School District Representative Karl Romberger, Esq.
Fox Rothschild O’Brien & Frankel 1250 S. Broad Street
PO Box 431
Lansdale, PA 19446-0431
Dates Transcripts Received: August 2, 2006, August 30, 2006, September 19, 2006, October 10, 2006
Date of Decision: October 31, 2006
Kenneth Rose Hearing Officer
The student is an [elementary school-aged] resident of the school district. [Student] is identified as having Autism and in need of Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT) and Speech (S/L). [Student] transitioned from Early Intervention (EI) to the school district for kindergarten. [Student] started in the school district’s regular education half-day kindergarten where [Student] received [Student’s] related services after the kindergarten class, as well as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) training at home. The parents paid for ABA training in space provided by the school district. Due to behavioral issues, [Student’s] program was changed to part time Autistic Support (AS) kindergarten. [Student] continued in part time AS in first grade until October 2006 when [Student’s] program was changed to full time AS. The student received Extended School Year (ESY) in the summer of 2005.
The parents claim a denial of FAPE for the 2004-2005 school year and the 2005- 2006 school year. This includes ESY for 2005. Placement for the 2006-2007 school year has been resolved between the parties even though the January 31, 2006 proposed Individualized Education Program (IEP) is still at issue. Issues about an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) have been resolved between the parties.D-V-Spring-Ford-Area-ODRNo-6509-05-06-LS