City Violates Disabled College Students’ Rights, Match Claims

The plaintiffs, the two families and the nonprofit, Bronx Independent Living Services, are represented by Disability Rights Advocates, a nonprofit legal organization.
In community school district 8, in the southeast Bronx, 91 percent of the 129 vouchers issued in 2015-16 went unused.
But a report released earlier this month by the city’s public advocate, Letitia James, found that thousands of students with disabilities who were given the vouchers were not receiving services to which they were entitled.
The report found that nearly half of the 9,164 vouchers issued in the 2015-16 school year went unused, because the families could not find therapists to work with their children.
PhotoThe public advocate’s report found that the problem of children not getting services was particularly acute in parts of the Bronx, which has the highest poverty rate of all the city’s boroughs.

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