Special Education Law

While it may seem difficult to know when to call a special education lawyer, there are some questions you should ask yourself in order to make the decision clearer.  Has your child been identified or diagnosed with a disability that interferes with his or her education?  Have you noticed delays or challenges in your special needs child’s learning process?  Do you have a sense that the school district is not providing your child with the services and supports that he or she needs to learn and advance in an appropriate manner? Is your child making satisfactory progress?  Is the school taking a “cookie-cutter” approach to its educational plan, instead of tailoring a program to meet your child’s individual needs? 

Have your communications with the school become adversarial and unproductive?  If so, it is probably best to err on the side of caution, and give us a call.

The process of developing an Individualized Education Plan can be complicated.  The school district proably has more people and resources than you, and it almost certainly has access to legal counsel to protect its best interests.  Level the playing field.  We have decades of experience with special education law, and have successfully negotiated and litigated for years in administrative hearings, district courts, and appellate courts.  We can identify your child’s legal rights, and work together with you protect them.  Give us a call, and move toward the peace of mind you deserve.  We are ready to help.  The first consultation is free.

We can help parents of special needs children:

  • Review educational documents to identify appropriate services and supports for your child 

  • Prepare and conduct due process hearings and appeals

  • Work with Experts to developing an appropriate Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for your child

  • Securing an appropriate educational placement for your child, in an appropriate educational setting

  • Secure reimbursement for the costs of your child’s placement in a private program at public expense

  • Defend your child in disciplinary proceedings

Federal Resources

Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act



Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act


Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act



Regulations for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act


State Resources

Massachusetts Law for Children with Special Needs



Massachusetts Special Education Regulations



Bureau of Special Education Appeals



BSEA Decisions


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Family Law and Special Education Advocacy


We are experienced and aggressive litigators who are fully capable of resolving complex disputes from beginning to end without extensive client involvement.  But this is not our preferred approach.

Our logo represents the link we share with our clients that allows us to understand their needs and to accomplish their goals.  We recognize that our clients have diverse needs.

Your legal needs are unique.  We believe it is critical to inform you about the law and your choices, so that you can make informed choices about the important strategic issues that will affect your life long after our representation has ended.  We are experienced counsellors at law who take pride in our ability to manage procedural matters and provide legal advice.  We inform our clients about the law, the procedures, and the customs and practices of the courts and judges before them. 

But, more important than our ability to advocate, is our eagerness to listen.  When it comes to legal advice, one size does not fit all.  You have been embroiled with your dispute long before contacting us and know a great many things about it that we do not, so, your definition of success dictates the direction that we will take.  Because, we believe that after we have provided you with the knowledge necessary for you to make informed decisions, you should be the person who chooses how and on what terms your dispute is resolved.


Law Offices of Robert E. Badger, 265 Franklin Street, Suite 1702,

Boston MA 02110

Phone: 617-963-3599      Email: Info@SpEdAdv.com    


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