Five Months Ago, a Brooklyn Mom Filed a Due Process Complaint for Her Autistic Son. In the Midst of a School Closure and a Pandemic, Progress Is Finally Made

By Taylor Swaak

The many moods of Caleb Reno Delpesche, 6, during a visit to his Brooklyn apartment. (Taylor Swaak)
Nicole Delpesche and her son Caleb. (Photo courtesy of Nicole Delpesche)
A timeline of federal deadlines for the hearing process. (Class-action lawsuit filing)


Sitting at the kitchen table in the family’s Crown Heights walk-up on a Thursday night in late February, Delpesche began recalling milestones in Caleb’s life and his struggles to learn.

Two of Caleb’s favorite toys, including the orange bears. (Taylor Swaak)
Caleb plays with a Mickey Mouse doll. (Taylor Swaak)


During a phone call in early April, Delpesche’s now 20-month-old daughter babbled in the background. Caleb wanted water. One of them tore up their mother’s homework. A subsequent call on a late April morning was cut short; Delpesche struggled to talk over her kids’ wailing.

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