I help parents advocate for special education services and ensure that their children receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Whether your child has learning disabilities, mental health needs, cognitive limitations, or autism, obtaining a truly individualized education plan (IEP) with appropriate special education services is critical to his or her well-being. Special education law is complex and parents often struggle to navigate a sea of laws, policies, and procedures in an effort to obtain appropriate special education services for their children. The process can be frustrating and exhausting for parents.
As an experienced special education attorney, I understand the importance of fighting to get the right special education services to meet your child’s needs. I work closely with parents of children with special education needs to understand and identify their child’s unique strengths and needs, identify the goals of legal representation, and develop a plan of action to obtain appropriate special education services. I take the time to explain special education law, outline your legal options, and help you make decisions about your child.
Representation in special education cases includes a review of your child’s complete educational records and may include attendance at Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meetings; advocacy for appropriate evaluations, individualized education programs (IEP), and extended school year services; school discipline proceedings; mediation; due process hearings before the Connecticut State Department of Education; and litigation in federal court.
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