It’s easy to feel intimidated fighting for your child to get the special education services he or she is entitled to. School districts overwhelm you with rules and procedures. They don’t always explain what they are required to provide to a student with special education needs.
Parents should know this: You can get a lawyer dedicated to ensuring that your child’s school provides the education required under the law. This can be one of the most effective ways to safeguard your child’s future and bring a sense of peace to your family.
But how do you know when you should contact a special education lawyer?
You may need to work with a special education attorney in two major areas:
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You may need a special ed lawyer to protect your child’s rights at school in any of these situations:
An experienced special education attorney can help you navigate the special education system and address problems.
Your attorney can help you challenge decisions by advocating for your child and/or filing an impartial hearing request, or in the case of a negative decision, filing an appeal in court if necessary.
Federal and state laws mandate that children with disabilities are entitled to appropriate education services. A special education lawyer can make sure that happens.
You won’t always be able to provide for your child, but you can take steps to ensure they have the resources they’ll need after you’re gone.
You may need a special needs planning lawyer to secure future support for your child, including:
Planning for the future can help you ensure that money your child receives from you and your family doesn’t jeopardize their access later on to government assistance that’s based on financial means, such as Medicaid health coverage and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits.
An attorney can help you understand the different kinds of trusts available and how they work.
An attorney can also help you navigate state resources for people with special needs, for example programs like those offered by the New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).
Ultimately, an attorney can help you gain confidence that your child will be taken care of for life.