Laura A. Siclari

OGC Solutions Partner Laura Siclari, celebrates a significant legal victory as New Jersey’s administrative court, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), has ruled after a due process hearing in favor of her client, the family of a 15 year-old physically disabled student against his school district, awarding the student door-to-door bus transportation as part of his Section 504 disability accommodation plan for the remainder of his high school years. After a comprehensive analysis of testimonies, legal precedents, and relevant laws, the court ruled that the school district’s decision to deny the accommodation violated his federal civil rights and constituted disability-based discrimination.

Laura Siclari, the OGC attorney representing the petitioner-family, expressed her enthusiasm with the Court’s ruling. “We are thrilled with the news; this decision reaffirms our commitment to ensuring that all students, including those with disabilities, have equal opportunities to access education.” The court’s decision underscores the importance of upholding and enforcing the rights of students with disabilities. By including door-to-door bus transportation in this student’s accommodation plan going forward, this helps ensure that the student can more fully access and participate in his schooling without facing any unnecessary barriers.”

The ruling sets a significant legal precedent in the area of Section 504 disability accommodations, particularly on the issues of appropriate transportation and preventative accommodations designed to avoid causing further harm to a disabled student. This important ruling also highlights and enforces the legal standard that educational institutions are obligated to follow with respect to ensuring fair access and accommodations to their disabled students under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Court’s Final Decision can be accessed here

About OGC Solutions: With a team of experienced attorneys, OGC Solutions specializes in various practice areas that support students and persons with disabilities, including in the areas of education law, disability, civil rights, guardianship and employment law. Committed to excellence and driven by passion, we strive to provide unparalleled legal support and advocacy for our clients. The firm has offices in Parsippany, NJ, New York, NY, and Philadelphia, PA. For more information about OGC Solutions® and its legal services, visit www.ogcsolutions.com.

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