Under federal law, every child is entitled to receive a free and appropriate public education. We advocate on behalf of children and their parents to obtain the services public-school districts are legally required to provide. We also represent clients in school boundary disputes, student expulsion, suspension and disciplinary proceedings and disputes with local school districts.
Obtaining Special Education Services For Your Child
Special education is instruction specifically designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. A child with a disability is one who has been evaluated and determined to have: autism, deafness, deaf-blindness, developmental delay (in some school divisions), emotional disability, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, orthopedic impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment, and/or other health impairment. In order to be eligible for special education and related services, the child’s disability must affect his or her educational performance.
Our attorneys advocate for children and their parents at evaluations, meetings, due process hearings, federal and state court litigation, and more.
We will also help you understand various options, including mediation and complaint resolution with the State Department of Education, the United States Office of Civil Rights, the Division of Education, and other local, state and federal agencies.
How We Can Help
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Loudoun County, VA
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Oklahoma City, OK
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