LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas family won a huge victory last year against the Clark County School District, and now they’re using their experience to help other parents who have children with special needs.
Sig and Lori Rogich say CCSD gave their daughter, who has dyslexia, an unequal upbringing. They took their case to court in 2016 and quickly learned that they weren’t the only ones with claims like these against the CCSD.
“We’ve had many phone calls, many phone calls, many letters, and we’ve been moved by a lot of journeys that many families have been through that were similar to ours, but some were even more heartbreaking. And we were told the cost of lawyers was expensive and people were going through the same thing we were, confusion,” Lori said.
Sig and Lori won their case, but many other families are still struggling.
Motivated to prevent other families from going through a similar experience. The Rogich family decided to organize a two-day event with legal experts and educators to give families the information they need.
“So by sharing, we hope to make things a little easier for the next family and hopefully help them, empower them and tell them you can do it. You really can. Look at everything you’ve ever done,” Lori said.
Hilary Freeman, the attorney who represented the Rogich family at their trial, said some of the parents at the event had questions about what to do if they thought their students weren’t following the right educational program.
“My response was that you confirm they don’t and then you look at whether your child is making progress, significant progress with the current program and if they don’t you file a due process claim” , Freeman said.
The Rogich family says parenting a child with special needs is hard enough. They realized that many parents were unaware of their rights and they hope to change that.
“We hope they will learn that there is hope. There is hope and there is a path to justice for their children,” Lori said.