Special Education Rights

We help parents and students with disabilities at every stage of a child's education.

Our lawyers and staff are accessible to the families we represent, responsive to their questions and concerns, and available to explain the educational and legal processes that occur. We help parents understand the educational and legal issues, including educational documents, that makes up your child’s educational program. We work with parents to prepare for and navigate IEP meetings. We represent parents and children in meetings and communications to resolve disputes with schools, including settlement of educational issues and claims for compensatory education. We represent parents in due process hearings and appeals when other options have not resulted is a reasonable resolution for the parents and child. We assist families in properly establishing trusts for use of compensatory education in addressing a child’s educational needs.

The children we represent may have a variety of diagnoses or conditions, including:

  • ADD and ADHD
  • Apraxia
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Deafness and Hearing Impairments
  • Speech and Language Disability
  • Central Auditory Processing Needs
  • Dyslexia
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities
  • Executive Functioning Disorders
  • Genetic Condition
  • Sensory Integration Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Schizophrenia and Other Mental Illnesses
We have the ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with school districts, using our knowledge, expertise and experience to achieve effective resolutions.

We provide special education legal representation to parents who are not satisfied with how their school district is handling their child’s special education needs. We enforce parental and student rights under all special education laws. Our representation of families includes:

  • Attendance at IEP team meetings to ensure legal compliance with IDEA.
  • Attendance at Section 504 team meetings to ensure legal compliance with Section 504.
  • Attendance at both IEP team and Section 504 team meetings to hold your school district accountable for offering and providing appropriate educational supports and services.
  • Careful review of your child’s educational records to ensure that your child’s IEP or Section 504 plan provides the supports and services necessary for your child to make meaningful educational pro and services promised by your school district.
  • Resolution and settlement of appropriate services and compensatory education, if applicable.
  • Attendance at Manifestation Determination Reviews to ensure that student discipline measures implemented by school districts do not violate your child’s rights.
  • Substantial litigation experience to ensure protection of your family and its rights in the event that your school district has failed to comply with IDEA or Section 504 regarding your child and is unwilling to reasonably resolve the dispute.

Our team has the experience to ensure protection of your family and its rights in the event that your school district has failed to comply with IDEA and Section 504 regarding your child. Under federal and state law, every child is entitled to a “free and appropriate public education” (a “FAPE”), in which the school addresses all of a child’s educational needs through appropriate educational supports and services. A school district must provide each child with an appropriate education – this is a civil right and a mandate on school districts – yet too often, an appropriate education is not offered or provided. We help ensure that school districts fully and timely meet their legal and educational obligation. Our attorneys and staff have the ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with the school district, using our knowledge, expertise and experience to achieve effective resolutions ... and we have the ability to effectively pursue the necessary results through a due process hearing when the school district will not comply.

You disagree with the results of your school’s evaluation of your child. What now?

Request an Independent Educational Evaluation at public expense

A parent of a special needs child asks what she can do when the school has determined her son isn’t eligible for special education. A lot, in many cases. In this article, we look at specific steps parents can take in response to their child’s special education evaluation.

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Fort Washington, PA 19034