New York Special Education Advocacy for Children with Special Needs
A recent study by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration indicates that 10.2 million American children—14 percent of the children in America—may be classified as students with special needs. This data illustrates a point long made by parents and other advocates: the education system has a significant responsibility to serve—not merely to “accommodate”— these students.
According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA), every child in the United States has the right to a “free and appropriate” public education in the least restrictive environment possible, provided by the local school district where the child lives. It’s important to note that an “appropriate” education is person-specific. For some children with special needs, an appropriate education may mean total immersion in a mainstream classroom, with very limited modification. For others, it may require additional aids or services within that classroom. For some, it may mean individually tailored instruction in a separate classroom.
The challenge for school districts has always been modifying instruction for students with learning differences. Because of this, a process has evolved to identify, plan for, and educate students who need something different. It begins with a parent or teacher asking the school system to evaluate the student. If the student is found to require specialized instruction, the special education process is initiated.
NY Special Education Lawyers Helping Children with Special Needs
It’s important for parents to understand that if, at any point, you disagree with the school’s assessment of your child’s needs, you have the right to appeal the district’s decision by requesting an impartial hearing. Our New York special education advocacy attorneys are committed to advising parents—who are a child’s best advocates—on how to advocate for their child’s educational rights. Our goal is to empower you with the tools you need in order to be successful. If needed, we will accompany you to Committee on Special Education meetings, represent you in disciplinary and impartial hearings, or file a State Education Complaint on your behalf to ensure that your child receives appropriate educational services.
For more information, or to schedule a consultation to discuss your child’s educational needs, contact the experienced New York special education advocacy attorneys at Littman Krooks today. Our attorneys have the personal and professional experience to help families advocate on behalf of their children.