Special Education law is a highly specialized, intensive area of the law involving special ed lawyers that represent parents and guardians of children with disabilities and advocating for those children’s rights to school-based services to accommodate those disabilities in the classroom.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) protects students with disabilities from ages three to 22. A parent or guardian of a child with a disability is his or her child’s educational decision maker until the child turns 18. Your rights as the educational decision maker for a student with disabilities (in a school setting and under IDEIA) include:
These rights comprise you and your child’s entitlement to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). In other words, your child has a right to an appropriate education that addresses his or her unique needs as a student with a disability, and for that education to come at no cost to you.
When the school district is unwilling or fails to provide your child with the services your child needs, or when you disagree with your school district about what your child needs, our office can help. Our Special Education lawyers can provide you with the information you need and can represent you against the school district. Special ed lawyers from our office can:
When you are unable to resolve your dispute with the school, the next step is to go to an administrative due process hearing. An administrative hearing is similar to a court proceeding, except that it takes place in a special Student Hearing Office, rather than a courtroom, and is presided over by an impartial Hearing Officer. To help you through this process, special education lawyers from our office can:
Attorneys’ fees may be available for reimbursement to the parent who prevails at an administrative due process hearing or at an appeal in court.
Our special ed lawyers are located downtown on 16th Street Northwest in Washington, D.C. You can contact us at (202) 682-3909 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.