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

http://idea.ed.gov/

 

Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title34/34cfr104_main_02.tpl

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act

https://ed.gov/policy/rights/guid/ocr/disability.html

 

Regulations for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=6cf6a13718d882722093bb967c9cf6a0&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title34/34cfr99_main_02.tpl

State Resources

Massachusetts Law for Children with Special Needs

https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXII/Chapter71B 

 

Massachusetts Special Education Regulations

http://www.mass.gov/courts/docs/lawlib/600-699cmr/603cmr28.pdf

 

Bureau of Special Education Appeals

http://www.mass.gov/anf/hearings-and-appeals/bureau-of-special-education-appeals-bsea/

 

BSEA Decisions

http://www.mass.gov/anf/hearings-and-appeals/decisions/bsea-decisions-and-rulings/

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