Prior to every IEP meeting, the school district will provide you with their standard Notice of Procedural Safeguards. These booklets are usually prepared by lawyers and can be very long. Review them carefully and make sure that you ask questions if you do not fully understand every provision.
The following Basic Rights are generally from the 2008 DREDF Special Education Guide for Parents. To download the entire manual and obtain any updates, please visit: www.dredf.org.
If your child is struggling in school and the teacher is telling you your child is not eligible for special education supports and services, we can help you to establish eligibility and obtain the supports your child needs. If your child is so anxious about school that she refuses to go, or your school has evaluated your child and found learning deficits but still refuses to find eligibility, we may be able to help. Many districts go out of their way to avoid finding a student eligible for special education and will even tell parents an IEP will harm their child and make them feel different and make them an outcast. That is not accurate. Special education supports may be the very thing your child needs to succeed in school, and being diagnosed with a specific learning disorder can finally give your child the sense that their deficits can be overcome. If you have any questions about whether your child is eligible for special education services, please seek legal assistance soon.
We provide special education legal representation to parents who are not satisfied with how their school district is handling their child’s special education needs. We enforce parental and child rights under all special education laws, including the California Education Code. We attend IEP meetings, 504 meetings, manifestation hearings, file due process complaints and represent clients at mediations and due process hearings if necessary.
If your child has an IEP you may not be getting all the support and services he/she needs. Many districts try hard to limit the amount of services they provide to special education students. We can help to maximize the services your child receives, whether speech therapy, occupational therapy, counseling, social skills training, 1:1 paraprofessional assistance, and even private school placements. Call if you have questions about special education law, the definition of “free and appropriate education” (FAPE) or any other matter involving your child’s education.