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.
  • We 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. Therefore, 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. These disabilities include 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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What People Say About Us

"A rare feat in law circles"

They have not only helped in bringing a Federal ADA Retaliation case against the School District, they successfully argued our Restraining Order appeal to reversal! Yes! They were able to get our RO overturned unanimously! A rare feat in law circles. We are eternally grateful.

They continue to help us with our IEP meetings and convinced the Federal court that our ADA Retaliation case has merit. Their knowledge of Disability and Educational case law is unmatched as is their empathy for the young victims.

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Client, P.S.

"The school district was ordered to reimburse me"

Rosa and Jenny filed for due process against the school district. After an intense nine-day hearing, the school district was ordered to reimburse me for funding his special education services, including tuition at Fusion Academy and mental health services.

Their advocacy did not end there. Rosa and Jenny also filed a federal lawsuit against the school district for violating my son's civil rights under anti-discrimination laws by failing to provide him with accommodations due to his disability. They were able to settle the matter with the school district. I thank them for their tenacity and perseverance in pursuing my case and advocating for my son's educational rights. My son has since graduated from high school and is now attending community college.

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Client, A.M.S.

"They are more than attorneys and advocates for our children"

I cannot write a recommendation high enough for the Law Offices of Hirji & Chau. They are more than attorneys and advocates for our children. They really understand what our lives as parents of special needs kids are like.

Every single employee at the Law Offices of Hirji & Chau is an angel; always displaying professionalism, working above and beyond for our families, and always with kindness. Retaining the Law Offices of Hirji & Chau services ranks as one of the best decisions my husband and I have ever made.

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Client, K.E.

"You have been a powerful, articulate force leading us through this journey"

I just wanted to thank you again for helping us get our daughter into a NPS. You have been a powerful, articulate force leading us through this journey. We have wanted an environment that would meet the need of our child for many years now. You helped make that happen. We are grateful!

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Client, S. & R.B.