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Disability rights organizations obtain Sixth Circuit decision recognizing importance of involving students in designing transition programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Clients Autism Speaks; Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates, Inc.; Disability Rights Tennessee; Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc.; and National Disability Rights Network

Jones Day filed an amicus brief with the Sixth Circuit on behalf of a number of disability rights organizations that highlighted the history and purpose of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as well as research demonstrating that students involved in transition-planning fare better than students excluded from the process. On July 15, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its decision finding that the Forest Hills, Ohio school district had not taken "meaningful steps to ascertain" a student's transition-related preferences. In finding that the school district's steps "were not sufficient to allow [it] to draw conclusions about how [the student] might want her future to look," the Sixth Circuit cited to research and arguments included in the amicus brief. Jones Day represented Autism Speaks; Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates, Inc.; Disability Rights Tennessee; Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc.; and National Disability Rights Network.

Gibson v. Forest Hills Local School District Board of Education, Nos. 14-3575, 14-3833, 14-3834, 15-3833 (6th Cir.)

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