Attorney to Be Honored at HeartLines 35th Anniversary "Festival of Hope" Celebration

OKLAHOMA CITY –Stephen DeGiusti, a civil litigation attorney with Crowe & Dunlevy since 1983, was named an honoree at this year’s Heartline Festival of Hope event on September 7th. Celebrating their 35th anniversary, Heartline selects five honorees each year who inspire hope through their profession or volunteerism as they contribute to improved quality of life in Central Oklahoma.

DeGiusti is being honored for his work as an advocate on behalf of the right for special needs and disabled children, in particular autistic children, to be provided with quality public education. DiGiusti has seen first hand the many shortcomings in the educational systems for children with disabilities while seeking appropriate educational services for his son, Alec, who is autistic and
mentally retarded.

He has since made it his mission to advocate the right for special needs and disabled children. He serves on a legislative task force reviewing the complaint systems for individuals with disabilities and on various committees appointed by the State Department of Education. As a result of his efforts, the State Department of Education has adopted numerous policy changes in order to ensure
that the due process system is fair and impartial and that the rights of disabled children are protected.

“Stephen’s efforts have been tireless. We congratulate him for his service to his community and for being honored by Heartline,” said Crowe & Dunlevy president Brooke Murphy

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