Special Education Legal Advocacy for Families
In expanding the range of the legal counsel and representation we provide to individuals and families, we have added special education law to our areas of practice. Our firm recognizes the needs of families and school districts to obtain and provide the kind and depth of education that young people with special needs require. Often families need legal advocacy to guide them through the maze of federal and state laws and regulations and assist them as they work through the administrative process in order to ensure that their children are given the individually tailored special educational services and tools available to them as a matter of law.
We help families and students obtain the free and appropriate public education that is mandated by federal law and work to see that it is provided in the least restrictive environment possible. Our goal is merged with that of families seeking the most appropriate and effective individualized education program for their children.
With deep experience in all phases and facets of the administrative and dispute resolution process from mediation to negotiation to hearings, our firm provides value to our special education client families and parents at a critical point in their lives and in the educational and social development of their children. We want to assist you in making sure that your child’s needs are met and that the proper placement and plan for your child is developed and implemented.
Special education services are available to students from ages 3 to 18 and sometimes 21 who demonstrate a disability in one of the following 13 specific categories:
- Autism spectrum
- Developmental disability
- Specific learning disability
- Intellectual impairment
- Emotional and/or behavioral disability
- Speech and language disability
- Visual impairment
- Hearing impairment
- Orthopedic or physical impairment
- Other health impaired (includes attention deficit disorder)
- Multiple disabilities
- Traumatic brain disorder