Special Education Attorneys
Oakland Special Education Attorney | Oakland Special Needs Lawyer
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 Oakland, California. Our mission is to provide the highest quality legal representation to parents and guardians of children with special educational needs. We represent our clients with clear communication, the highest standard of professionalism, and fiery advocacy of their interests. We care deeply about the families and students we represent, and we have a long track record of clients which displays this.
It is easy to get in contact with us, and we will gladly meet with clients at a location near their home, school or place of work. Our office is based out of Oakland California, and we successfully represented clients in many cities in Northern California. Give us a call today at (510) 457-0242 for an initial consultation.
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Oakland, CA 94607
Having a special needs child can come with different obstacles for both parents and guardians. Many families who have a child with special needs may be overwhelmed with fear and anxiety with regards to their children’s future, education, and skills they will need to develop. It’s common and only natural for parents to feel some uncertainty about important decisions with regards to their child’s education.
A necessary responsibility is making sure you secure the proper educational and support services for your child at school. There are many regulations and laws in place that make it a requirement for schools to provide special needs children with the proper accommodations to provide adequate development and education. Here at Tsadik Law, our mission is to be reliable and professional advocates for your if your school district is not providing the proper accommodations to meet the legal requirements. If you are located in the southern California area, please contact at us at our Los Angeles location to speak to a Los Angeles Special Education Attorney.
Special Needs Attorneys
Special Needs Lawyers
The attorneys at Tsadik Law have years of experience specifically with Special Education Law. We advocate for students who may not be getting the legally required services at school to help a special needs or disabled child get the education they are entitled to. Our primary focus is to help obtain quality educational services for children with disabilities. We like to help educate parents about their children’s rights that have been guaranteed by law, and hold school districts accountable meet the required support and service standards.
All of the attorneys have a long track record of representing clients and obtaining successful outcomes, by getting the proper services for our clients . We are equipped with the knowledge to compel schools to provide the legally required accommodations, and we have represented hundreds of special education cases. Simply stated: we know how to take on the school system.
There are a myriad of complex laws and regulations about special education programs at school, and finding an attorney who has experience and knowledge in this area is important. At Tsadik Law we take pleasure in helping parents understand what laws and regulations applicable to their children, what services and supports your children are entitled to by law, and ensure that we are in regular communication with you throughout the legal process.
Services For Special Needs
If you wondering whether or not your child would benefit from legal representation from Tsadik law, fell free to call us. Our staff looks forward to speaking with you to find out more about your situation, answer your questions, and find out the best course of action we can take regarding your child’s educational future.
Here are some common issues that children experience at school which may be represented by a special education attorney:
- Issues With Navigating the School Campus
- Inappropriate Classroom Placement
- Speech and Language Deficits
- Challenges With Organization
- Difficulty With Writing
- Lack of Behavioral Support
- Difficulty Concentrating and Focusing
- Lack of Support in the Classroom
- Dealing with Bullying
- Suspension and/or Expulsion
- Social and Emotional Problems
As a parent/legal guardian, you have the right to file a complaint against your child’s school district alleging violations of federal and state education laws. The issue or issues will in most cases be taken to mediation. However, if a resolution cannot be found in mediation, a due process hearing will take place with an administrative law judge. Tsadik Law will be able to provide an experienced Special Education Attorney to represent you throughout the entire process, attend the resolution session, mediation, and the due process hearing.
If you believe that your child requires additional support for having special needs, and has yet to be assessed for eligibility, or if the school has already determined that your child is ineligible for special education services, 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 mentioned disorders, or if you believe your child has one of these disabilities, you should begin by having your child assessed by the school district. The school district is required to have your child evaluated for free. Submit your request to the district in writing and keep a record of that request.
After your child goes through the eligibility 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 your child’s special education eligibility.
What If The District Claims That My Child Does Not Qualify?
After the assessment and IEP meeting, the District may disagree with your opinion on your child’s need for special education provisions. However, this is not the end, there are 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 an attorney, like the attorneys here at Tsaki Law, and file a due process request. The district will the re-evaluate your child if you feel the initial assessments were not enough.
Special Needs Rights: Laws and Regulations to Protect Your Child
Many people are not aware of the regulations and laws that were created for special needs children. For example, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was created and became federal law in 1975. At first it was called 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 give legal guardians and parents certain rights in deciding their children’s educational curriculum.
Even with these protections in place, many parents have found that the services, supports, and accommodations their children are entitled to, are not being provided by the local school district. Tsadik Law is here to help your family, and make sure that you receive your rights and the full protection of the special education laws that you and your child are entitled to.
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:
- Established Medical Disability
- Hearing Impairment
- Visual Impairment Including Blindness
- Intellectual Disability
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Emotional disturbance
- Other Health Impairment (includes ADHD)
- Specific Learning Disability (includes Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and Other Learning Differences)
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
You should take note, however, even if a child is medically diagnosed with one or more of the above disabilities, this does not automatically make them eligible for IDEA. The law is written that the child must have a disability or disabilities that impacts their ability to access the curriculum and, as a result of that disability, requires special education to make progression at school. If you are not sure if your child is eligible for special education services, give us a call for an initial consultation, at (510) 457-0242. Tsadik Law can help you decide the best course of action to help your child receive a quality education.