Student vs. Cumberland Valley School District

Special Education Hearing Officer


Child’s Name: Student

Date of Birth: xx/xx/xx

Date of Hearing: May 27, 2010

ODR Case # 00962-09-10-AS

Parties to the Hearing:

Cumberland Valley School District 6746 Carlisle Pike Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Representative: Pro Se

Karl Romberger, Esq. Sweet, Stevens, et. al. 331 E. Butler Avenue New Britain, PA 18901

Date Record Closed: May 27, 2010

Date of Decision: June 11, 2010

Hearing Officer: Jake McElligott, Esquire


Student (“student”) is a pre-teen aged student who has been identified as student with a disability who receives learning support in reading and supports for organization and study skills. The student resides in the Cumberland Valley School District (“District”). The parties do not dispute that the student has a disability and qualifies for services under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act of 2004 (“IDEIA”)1. The student’s parents claim that, due to a vision irregularity, the student should receive vision therapy as a related service. The District maintains that vision therapy is not necessary for the provision of a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”) to the student under federal and Pennsylvania law.


Must the District provide vision therapy to the student as a related service?


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