He further explained that disabled students should have the same opportunity to learn as fellow students and that the assistance required would depend on the type of disability. A deaf student, for instance, would need accommodations different from someone with a leg injury, Orlick said.
Martens' claim states that last year at Lincoln Elementary School, employees failed to provide wheelchair-accessible tables in the boy's computer and art classes and seating in the covered lunch area, as well as easy-to-use restroom doors and wider paths of travel to and from the playground area.
The issues have continued at Corona del Mar Middle School, the complainant said in an interview.
[My son] comes home with stains all over his clothes because he has to eat lunch without a table every day," Martens said.
While she has attempted to notify the district of these problems since the boy started attending Lincoln Elementary in the fourth grade, the district has failed to cooperate, she said.
A spokeswoman for Newport-Mesa declined to comment on the claim, as did school board President Karen Yelsey.
The boy was born with a leg condition that requires him to undergo numerous surgeries to lengthen the bones. While he has limited mobility at home, he is confined to a wheelchair during the school day to protect himself.
"If he were to trip and fall, the bones in his leg would shatter like glass," Martens said. "They're like an egg shell, basically hollow inside."
Despite his physical limitations, the boy is a typical seventh-grade student with a girlfriend, a passion for science and dreams of becoming a surgeon, the mother said.