Monday, May 21, 2007

Update: Parents of boy with autism win case for right to self represent in court

Parents of an autistic child won a Supreme Court case granting them the right to self represent -

"...the right to go to court without a lawyer to challenge their public school district’s individualized plan for their child’s education.

The 7-to-2 decision involved an interpretation of the federal law that gives all children the right to a “free appropriate public education,” regardless of disability. Millions of children receive benefits under the law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Most federal appeals courts have ruled that when a dispute brings families and school districts into court, the parents cannot proceed without a lawyer."

Via NY Times

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