Special Education Attorneys
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Covid-19 Update from Tsadik Law
On Friday, March 13th, Governor Newsom signed an executive order ensuring state funding for schools throughout California. Among other things, this means that schools are required to continue instructing students during any closure due to the coronavirus outbreak. As a result, your child should continue to receive instructional services via packets or online programs while schools are closed.
This situation has significantly limited students’ access to services and education. At Tsadik Law we will continue to provide legal services. We are also committed to protecting the safety of our staff and clients. As a result, our consultations and meetings will occur with our clients over the phone or virtually.
We understand that you may not be getting the appropriate services and supports for your children. We will continue to fight and advocate on behalf of our clients and their children’s educational rights. If you are thinking about consulting an attorney over a special education issue, please contact us as we are still active during this time.
Special Needs and Special Education Attorney
Tsadik Law is a special education law firm, with an office based in Los Angeles, California. Our goal is to provide expert legal representation to legal guardians and parents of children with special educational needs. We pride ourselves on clear communication, the high standard of professionalism, and intense advocacy of their interests. We care deeply about the students we represent, and we have a long history of representing clients in the special education field.
It is easy to get in contact, and we are happy to meet with clients at a location near their home, school or place of work. Our office is based near Los Angeles California, and we successfully represented clients in many cities in Southern California. Give us a call today at (213) 677-0999 for an initial consultation, which will be free of charge. Tsadik Law was founded by Seshah Wolde Tsadik.
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Special Education Law
Having a child with special needs can come with various obstacles that maybe alleviated with an attorney’s assistance. Many families who have a child with special needs or disabilities can feel overwhelmed with anxiety fear and they may be confused about their child’s educational needs. It’s only natural for parents to feel nervous about such an important aspect of their child’s future, and that’s why we are here to help.
An important first step is making sure you secure the proper support services for your child at school. There are many national and state laws in place that require schools to provide special needs children with the proper accommodations to obtain an adequate education. Here at Tsadik Law, our mission is to be professional advocates for your family if your school district is not providing the legally required accommodations. If you are in the Northern California area, please contact at us at our other office to speak to a Special Education Attorney in Oakland to see if we can assist you.
Special Needs Attorneys
The attorneys at Tsadik Law have years of experience with Special Education Law. We advocate for students who may not be getting the legally required services at school facilitate special needs or disabled children to get the education they are entitled to. Our mission is to help educate parents about their children’s rights, and hold school districts accountable to provide the required support.
All of our attorneys have a long track record of successfully representing clients. We knowledgeable about the laws and tactics available to compel schools to provide the legally required accommodations, and we have represented hundreds of cases related to special education. Simply stated: we know how to help your child get the education they deserve.
There complex laws and many regulations about special education programs, and finding an attorney who has specific experience in this area is important. At Tsadik Law we take pride in helping parents understand what laws and regulations apply to their children, what services your children are entitled to by law, and ensure that we are in regular communication with you throughout the entire process.
Special Education Rights
Many people do not know that there are regulations and laws that were created for special needs children. For example, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was drafted and officially became federal law in 1975. Initially it was named the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, and the main purpose of IDEA was to give a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to special needs children, and to parents and legal guardian certain rights in deciding their children’s educational curriculum.
Even with these laws and protections in place, many parents have found that the services their children are entitled to, are not being provided by your child’s school. Tsadik Law is here to assist your family, and make sure that you get your rights and the full protection of the special education laws that your child needs.
Is My Child Eligible For IDEA?
There are legal guidelines that determine if your child is eligible for IDEA services. To qualify for special education services a child must meet the legal criteria of one or more of the following categories of eligibility:
- Specific Learning Disability (includes Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and Other Learning Differences)
- Established Medical Disability
- Visual Impairment Including Blindness
- Intellectual Disability
- Emotional disturbance
- Other Health Impairment (includes ADHD)
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Multiple Disabilities
- Hearing Impairment
You should take note, however, even if a child has a medical diagnosis with one or more of the above disabilities, this does not automatically make them eligible for IDEA. The law states that the child must have a disability or disabilities that impacts their access to the curriculum and, as a result of that disability, requires special education to make progress at school. If you are unsure if your child is eligible for special education services, give us a call for an initial consultation, at (213) 677-0999. Tsadik Law can quickly help you decide if working with an attorney is the right course of action, and help you make plans accordingly.
Services For Special Needs
If you are not sure whether or not your child would benefit from legal representation from a special education attorney, fell free to call us at (213) 677-0999. Our licensed attorneys look forward to speaking with you to learn more about your situation, answer any questions you may have, and find out the best course of action to take.
Here are some common issues that children experience at school which may be represented by a special education attorney:
- Social and Emotional Problems
- Issues With Navigating the School Campus
- Dealing with Bullying
- Difficulty With Writing
- Lack of Behavioral Support
- Difficulty Concentrating and Focusing
- Challenges With Organization
- Inappropriate Classroom Placement
- Lack of Support in the Classroom
- Suspension and/or Expulsion
If you believe that your child requires additional support for their special education needs, and has not been assessed for eligibility, or if the school district has already determined that your child is ineligible, we can assist you with getting a reevaluation.
How Do I Request Special Education Services For My Child?
If your child has been diagnosed with any of the previously listed disorders, or if you believe your child has one of these disabilities, you should begin by having an assessment by the school district. The school district is required to give your child a free evaluation. Submit your request to the district in writing and keep a record of that request. After your child goes through the assessment, you then present a written request to the school for an IEP team meeting. At this meeting, the results of the evaluation will determine what special education services your child is eligible for.
What If The District Claims That My Child Does Not Qualify?
After the assessment and IEP meeting, the District may disagree with your opinion about your child’s need for special education programs. However, there are still several steps you can take. You could pay for an independent educational evaluation (which can potentially be reimbursed by the district after a legal process). You could also contact a special education attorney and file a due process request. The district will re-evaluate your child if you feel the initial assessments were not adequate.