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Non-Public Schools

Non-Public Schools

We get asked a lot by parents whether we can get their child into a private school. This it absolutely understandable. For many parents, the path in special education has not been easy. Schools can be unsupportive in the face of their child’s struggles and in some...

Don’t Settle for a 504 Plan   

Don’t Settle for a 504 Plan   

“The school said they would not qualify for an IEP, but they would for a 504 plan.” This is one of the most common statements we hear from parents. Our first question is generally, “Did the district assess?” 504 Plans are not IEPs but are commonly used in schools to...

Am I Entitled to Assessment Data?

Am I Entitled to Assessment Data?

Recently a parent told us they had asked for the data taken when the district conducted a triennial assessment on their child. They were informed by the district that their policy is to shred all protocols and data after the assessment has been completed. Nope! Can’t...

What is FAPE?

What is FAPE?

We hear it all the time at IEP meetings, so what exactly is a FAPE? A FAPE stands for Free Appropriate Public Education. The acronym comes for the from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), a federal law that guarantees the right to special...

Stop, have you read your IEP?

Stop, have you read your IEP?

We speak to a lot of parents every week. Most are frustrated with the education their children are receiving and want a lot more support. However, one issue commonly come up - parents not knowing what is actually in the IEP. This is understandable. It can be a very...

What Remedies Are Available When Filing a Due Process Claim?

What Remedies Are Available When Filing a Due Process Claim?

Many parents with special needs children fully understand that if their child is not getting the supports and services they need, or they are not making progress on their educational goals, that the avenue of due process exists to help them secure what their child...

What is the difference between a 504 and an IEP?

What is the difference between a 504 and an IEP?

Oftentimes parents contact the school district because they are concerned about their child’s learning progress. In many of these situations, parents are unsure as to what their child might need in order to do better in their learning environment. Depending upon the...

How Much Does a Special Education Lawyer Cost?

How Much Does a Special Education Lawyer Cost?

Interestingly enough the answer to this question will vary depending upon the community you live in. More importantly, it is possible for a special education law attorney to cost a parent nothing in legal fees. Many parents wonder how the second option is possible....