The key piece of federal law concerning special education is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”). IDEA ensures that states offer disabled children a free appropriate public education designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. This requirement begs the question: what is a “free appropriate public education?” In short, “free appropriate public education” means special education and related services provided at public expense, under public supervision and direction, and without charge that meet the state standards.
If you feel your child did not receive a free and appropriate public education or reasonable accommodation, you may request a hearing. New York City’s Department of Education allows impartial hearing officers to resolve disagreements between parents and school administrators. Licensed New York attorneys who have sworn an oath to be fair act as hearing officers and decide the disagreement based on the facts.
The ability to select your cases and clients is a great benefit of being a sole practitioner. I became a lawyer to help those in need, and I can think of no other population that deserves capable representation. Put my extensive litigation experience to work for you and your child. I reserve a portion of my active case roster to represent children facing these challenges. Call for a thorough case evaluation.