Delaware Measure Would Help Special Needs Children Get Rights

Jun 4, 2012

 DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are eyeing legislation to  help parents of special needs children.

Lt. Gov. Matt Denn and bill sponsors Rep. Quinn Johnson and Sen. Harris McDowell III planned a teleconference Monday to discuss the legislation to be introduced Tuesday.

Organizations supporting the bill include Autism Delaware, the Governor's Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children, Community Legal Aid Society's Disabilities Law Program, the Developmental Disabilities Council, and the Parent Information Center of Delaware.

The legislation would allow parents who successfully challenge denials of services to their children to be reimbursed for the costs of hiring expert witnesses.

Supporters say the legislation would restore a right that parents of children with special needs had under federal law until that right was revoked by the United States Supreme Court in 2006.