Special Education

The Individual with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) provides that your child with a disability is entitled to a free and appropriate education that provides meaningful benefit. We work to ensure that you maximize your access to the rights and services provided by this Act.

Our attorneys have significant experience in special education law practice and represent families regarding disability rights across Southern California. We assist you to obtain an effective Individualized Education Program (IEP), and ensure it is correctly implemented.

When you retain our firm, we:

  • Provide counsel about available services , based on your child’s unique needs
  • Identify independent and private experts to help you understand your child’s needs (in many cases, we get the school district to pay for the evaluation)
  • Represent you at IEP meetings to ensure your rights are protected and your child receives an effective program
  • Ensure the school district complies with the IEP
  • Represent you in the event of a disagreement through advocacy, negotiation, and due process hearing
  • Negotiate a settlement agreement providing you with guaranteed services and protection
  • Represent you aggressively at due process hearing, and if necessary, appeal an adverse decision

When parents are prevailing parties at a due process hearing, they have the right to reimbursement of their attorney’s fees. When advocacy and mediation fail to address your needs, we work with families to make hearing a feasible approach.

We represent clients with a wide range of disabilities and needs, including children with autism, severe emotional needs, learning disabilities, and low incidence disabilities such as the deaf, visually impaired, and orthopedically impaired. Some areas that we work on include obtaining:

  • Eligibility for special education services and an IEP
  • Advocating at Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings to obtain special education and related services
  • Accommodations and/or modifications for the student in the general education classroom
  • Related aides, supports and services in the general education classroom
  • Intensive behavior intervention such as Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Positive Behavior Support Plans
  • Research based reading and math intervention programs, including funding for Linda Mood Bell or other similar programs
  • School district assessments

Independent education evaluations (IEE) funded by school districts in all areas including:

  • Neuropsychology
  • Psycho-Educational Assessment
  • Functional Behavior Assessments
  • Speech And Language Assessments
  • Physical Therapy Assessment
  • Positive Behavior Support Plans
  • Occupational Therapy Assessment

Securing an appropriate placement for the child including placements in:

  • The Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
  • Resource Programs
  • Special Day Class Placements (SDC)
  • Non Public School Placements (NPS)
  • Residential Placements
  • Home Placement
  • Other Alternative Placements
  • Charter Schools

Obtaining Related Services, including funding for Non Public Agency Services:

  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Adaptive PE
  • Social Skills Programs
  • Nursing Services
  • Representing your child in school disciplinary matters including suspensions, expulsion hearings, expulsion appeals, manifestation determination, IEP meetings
  • Addressing retaliation against Parents for their advocacy
  • Addressing discriminatory practices against children on the basis of their status as a disabled child
  • Reimbursement for private placements
  • Compensatory educational services
  • Representing Parents through all aspects of dispute resolution, including due process hearings, settlement negotiations, mediation, resolution session, and appeals
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