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Case of Ibrahim R.*

Andrew Noll ('14), Maureen Howard ('14), and Matthew Fine ('14) represented Ibrahim R.,* a kindergarten student who is deaf, in a disability discrimination matter.  Ibrahim and his family sought Ibrahim's admission to a special state school for students who are deaf / hard of hearing. 

Ibrahim was rejected because school officials asserted that I.R. has a second disability - autism - which the school stated it could not accommodate.  This happened in spite of the fact that I.R.'s only mode of communication is American Sign Language (ASL) and that the school is the only publicly available option for students who would benefit from an ASL environment.  In addition, a diagnosis of autism had been ruled out by Ibrahim's doctors.

The family sought YELP's representation and Andrew, Matt, and Maureen conducted extensive factual investigation and legal research to prepare a disability discrimination claim for potential federal litigation.  Litigation proved unnecessary.  After detailing in a letter to the state Ibrahim's discrimination and demanding Ibrahim's admission, Andrew, Maureen, and Matt received from the school an unconditional offer of admission.

*Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality.