Suit alleges disability discrimination at Lake Oswego school
The Lake Oswego School District was served a federal lawsuit, filed April 23, alleging discrimination against a student with disabilities.
The plaintiff, known in court documents as Plaintiff W.P., filed two claims for relief in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, which was filed at the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, asserts that although the district has known since at least 2016 of the plaintiff's disabilities, and created and implemented a 504 plan to address the plaintiffs' learning accommodations, it failed to make accommodations outlined in the plaintiff's 504 plan.
According to the lawsuit, the district failed to make accommodations including but not limited to: providing multi-step instructions, using videos with closed captioning, utilizing visual aids and distributing textbooks for use at home.
The lawsuit states that LOSD discriminated against Plaintiff W.P. by denying him accommodations, which blocked opportunities to receive public education and participate in related activities.
"As a result of LOSD's deliberate indifference toward Plaintiff, his education has suffered, he has had to obtain the service of private tutors, and Plaintiff suffers from worry and stress all to his economic and noneconomic damages in an amount to be proven at trial," the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit also claims LOSD violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by its conduct and disregard for the safety and well-being of the plaintiff.
The plaintiff is seeking economic and non-economic damages and attorney fees, as well as an order of injunctive relief to remedy the alleged acts of discrimination, plaintiff's fees and disbursements, and any other relief the court deems just.
"We are actively engaged in conversations, and aim to reach a resolution soon," Director of Communications Mary Kay Larson said of the complaint to Pamplin Media.
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