PROTECTING THE EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
If your child is struggling in school and you have any reason to suspect that the struggles may be the result of a learning deficit or disability of any kind, you have a legal right to have the school district evaluate your child to determine if he or she is eligible to receive special education support services. Many school districts, however, try hard to avoid finding that a student is eligible to receive special education services. The district may even tell a student’s parents that receiving special education or having an IEP will somehow harm the student by stigmatizing them, making them an outcast, or harm the student’s future prospects for college—all of which is simply not true. In fact, receiving appropriate special education services may be just the thing that your child needs to succeed in school and prepare for college or the work place.
Our special education law practice at the Allen Law Firm provides legal counsel and advice to protect the educational rights of children with a broad array of educational disabilities.
This may include:
Our Monterey special education lawyers and advocates are committed to helping disabled children establish eligibility for special education and to get the assistance they need to reap the benefits of the public education system.
To secure the services of our firm, schedule a free consultation when you call (831) 901-3901!
LEGAL GUIDANCE IN INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM
Our Monterey special education attorney also provides advice and legal counsel for parents of children that have already qualified to receive special education but are not happy with the way their school district provides services. We work with parents to help them understand the rights granted to disabled children under federal and state laws such as the California Education Code, the IDEA, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (including section 504). We help parents prepare to attend Individualized Education Program or IEP meetings so that they are able to be effective parental advocates for their children. In appropriate situations, we also attend the IEP meetings along with the parents.
REPRESENTING YOU IN COMPLIANCE COMPLAINTS & HEARINGS
In situations where school districts deny a student the right to a “free and appropriate public education”, or FAPE, or otherwise violate the laws protecting the educational rights of students with disabilities, our special education law practice represents parents and students in seeking due process to correct the school district’s violations. The first step in the process is to file a complaint that provides the details of the school district’s violations and saying what the school district should do to correct the violations. If the district and parents are unable to resolve their dispute, the complaint is ultimately decided first by an administrative law judge appointed by the State of California. If the parents are unhappy with court’s decision, our Monterey special education attorneys may also help the parents appeal the decision in state or federal court. We also represent clients whose conduct related to their disabilities earned them disciplinary actions such as suspension or expulsion.
We can get started with your case as soon as you schedule your free consultation at (831) 901-3901!