Walker v. District of Columbia
157 F. Sup. 2d 11 (D.D.C. 2001)
This is a suit brought by Philip Walker and his legal guardian, alleging that the District of Columbia public schools violated the Individuals With Disabilities Act and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Walker had been in several special education programs in the D.C. public schools. The plaintiffs contended that school officials had violated federal law by misdiagnosing Walker as mentally retarded. Among the competing experts offered by each side, one defense expert concluded that Walker suffered from FAE. (157 F. Supp. 2d at 28). The court concluded that Walker had not been misdiagnosed. It is unclear whether the diagnosis of FAE played a role in the judge's decision.