Our Firm is uniquely qualified to assist parents of children with special needs in obtaining Individual Education Plans (IEP) and advocating for appropriate services.
Your child may be entitled to an Individual Education Plan (IEP) if:
If your child already has an IEP but:
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq., commonly referred to as IDEA, requires public schools to provide children with disabilities a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”). Instrumental to achieving the IDEA’s goal is an individualized education program (“IEP”). An IEP is an educational blueprint for each child with disabilities which includes, among other things, a statement of measurable annual goals and how the child’s progress towards those goals will be assessed. The IEP must be reasonably calculated to confer an educational benefit (although the definition of the appropriate level of educational benefit remains unclear).
In 2001, Congress enacted the No Child Left Behind Act (“NCLB”). The NCLB was enacted to assure that all children obtain a high-quality education so that they can at a minimum, achieve proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. The high quality education standard expressly applied to children with disabilities
In 2004 Congress again amended and reauthorized the IDEA, finding that almost 30 years of research and experience has shown that education of children with disabilities can be made more effective by having high expectations and ensuring their access to the classroom to the maximum extent feasible.
We assist parents with following: