Isabelle is an 11-year-old girl with Down Syndrome who suffered scratches, bruises and damaged clothing due to being forcibly dragged across the school playground by two aides when she didn’t want to return to class after recess.
After unsuccessfully trying to resolve the matter with the school, Isabelle’s parents turned to the Disability Law Center for help. The Disability Law Center attorney helped them file a complaint with the school district and eventually with the Utah State Office of Education.
The Utah State Office of Education determined that the school district had indeed violated state rules concerning behavior interventions for students with disabilities and ordered the school district to train all school district staff and administration on how to comply with those rules.
As a result of the DLC’s advocacy, Isabelle is now a happy student. Not only did this legal assistance help Isabelle and her family, it helps ensure appropriate behavior interventions for other students with disabilities in the school district.