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Special Education Disability

Osterhout Berger Daley Law > Special Education Disability

How We Help Families

Special Education Eligibility

Child Find, under IDEA, identifies and evaluates children with potential disabilities, ensuring they receive the necessary special education services. This collaborative initiative involves parents, educators and community agencies, working together to assess children’s unique needs and determine their eligibility for support. Reach out to K Altman Law today and take the first step toward educational equity for your child.

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

An IEP is a tailored plan for students with disabilities. Special students may face issues like inadequate assessment, insufficient support and untrained educators. Experienced special education advocates at K Altman Law can help address these challenges by providing expert guidance on IEP development, ensuring access to appropriate services and resources and advocating for your child’s rights in the special education system.

Alternative Placement 

Alternative Placements in Special Education refer to educational settings outside of the traditional classroom for students with special needs. These students may face challenges in finding the best alternative placement that meets their individual needs and abilities. K Altman Law offers professional services of Special Education Advocates to help navigate the process and ensure that the student’s rights and needs are being met in their alternative placement.

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) mandates inclusion for students with disabilities. Special students may face inadequate support, social stigma and insufficient resources. K Altman Law’s proficient team of special education advocates offers expert guidance on LRE, fostering inclusive experiences and advocating for your child’s rights. Through our dedication and expertise, we’ll work together to overcome LRE-related challenges and create a thriving educational environment for your child.

Section 504

Section 504 is a civil rights law prohibiting disability discrimination. Special students may encounter inadequate accommodations, compliance issues and limited understanding of their rights. Team of special education advocates at K Altman Law can help resolve challenges related to Section 504 plans, ensuring appropriate accommodations and advocating for your child’s rights.

Due Process

Due process safeguards special students’ rights in educational disputes. Issues may include complex regulations, inadequate representation, and miscommunication. Special education advocates at K Altman Law offer expert guidance on due process for students with disabilities, ensuring fair representation and strong advocacy. With our unwavering commitment and expertise, we’ll navigate due process complexities together, championing your child’s rights and securing their educational future.

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) ensures accessible, individualized education for students with disabilities. Special students may face inadequate assessment, limited resources and insufficient support. K Altman Law’s team of special education advocates offers expert guidance on FAPE, helping families navigate eligibility and secure appropriate services.

Manifestation Determination Review

A Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) is a process in special education that determines if a student’s behavior is a direct result of their disability. Special needs students may face challenges in this review, such as a lack of understanding of the process and difficulties in communicating their needs. K Altman Law offers professional services of Special Education Advocates to help navigate the MDR process and ensure that the student’s rights and needs are being met.

Office of Civil Rights (OCR)

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) plays a crucial role in protecting the rights of students with special needs. Special needs students may face challenges in navigating the OCR process, such as a lack of understanding of their rights and difficulties in communicating their needs. K Altman Law offers professional services of Special Education Advocates to help students and their families understand the OCR process and ensure that their rights are protected and upheld.

Available Services for Clients with Non-Legal Special Education Issues

Having a special education advocate on your side can reduce some of the stress and anxiety experienced by parents and guardians who are helping children with non-legal special education issues. The following are some of the services offered by K Altman Law for individuals seeking a special education advocate:

  • Attending Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings with parents and guardians
  • Attending Section 504 meetings with parents and guardians
  • Analyzing reports and evaluations to provide professional recommendations regarding placement, programming, accommodations and related services.
  • Drafting complaints, responses, and requests to school districts, school boards, and administrators
  • Navigating Manifestation Determination Review Hearings and appeals
  • Helping parents and guardians understand their rights and their children’s rights under laws pertaining to special education in the United States
  • Advising parents, guardians, and family members about eligibility requirements for special education
  • Sharing updated information regarding national, state and local resources for children with disabilities
  • Filing Due Process or OCR complaints

Services for Special Education Students

Learning that your child has been denied the services or accommodations they require can be alarming. A special education advocate helps families address the problems they have with educational institutions. The following are some of the most common problems students may face at school:
  • Lack of appropriate evaluations to inform decision-making
  • Denial of special education services or accommodations
  • Insufficient behavioral supports
  • Lack of progress monitoring toward annual goals and objectives
  • Incomplete or missing transition plans
  • Lack of related provider services
  • Lack of access to curricula
  • Disregard for parent input regarding services and needs
  • Disagreement over educational placement
Federal and state laws may be implicated in conflicts between special education students and their schools. Our special education advocates work with attorneys at K Altman Law to assist students and their families with every aspect of their special education needs.

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