"To ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that empasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living."
IDEA The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. §1400 (d))
You’re in the right place if you:
- Have been told your child has special needs
- Your child is struggling in school and you don’t feel the school district is providing enough of the right kind of help
- You do not agree with the school district's evaluation of your child.
- You are unsure that the school placement or services offered by the school district are appropriate.
- You have been confused, frustrated or dissatisfied at IEP meetings
Welcome to where you, as a parent of a child with special needs , can receive answers, relief, direction and "next steps" to ensure the ongoing education of your child.
Federal and state laws guarantee children with disabilities a free appropriate public education that will meet each child's unique needs in the least restrictive environment. However, understanding the implementation and adherence to the special education laws can be daunting for many parents. You can find yourself sitting in meetings that determine the outcome or your child's educational programs and not really be understanding the conversations. You can be asked to sign an IEP document that includes terms and acronyms which, although familiar to you, are not completely understood by you. Having an attorney by your side provides you the clarity, strength and confidence you need to make decisions concerning the education being given to your child.
Here at Law Offices of Arlene Bell, you will work directly with Arlene, one on one. You directly benefit from her experience helping children with special needs receive the education they are entitled to since 2001. Arlene also taught children with special needs for 14 years. Arlene personally understands your pain and frustrations.
WORKING WITH ARLENE
YOUR 1ST STEP,
1-ON-1 WITH ARLENE
Taking the 1st step in working with Arlene requires submitting a short online Intake form (click here) . Upon being reviewed by Arlene, a one-on-one complimentary phone consultation will be scheduled to confirm that your needs are a match for Arlene's services. If all parties agree, a plan for moving forward to help your child is laid out and your partnership with Arlene begins. (see more)
THE IEP MAZE
Finding your own way through the maze of the IEP (Individualized Education Plan), can prove to be daunting at best for parents. Having Arlene at your side provides you the protection and assurance you want and need. You will be supported to obtain the appropriate placement and services that your child needs to meet his/her unique needs.
FOR DUE PROCESS
If you, as a parent, disagree with your school district's decisions regarding services for our child, you may appeal and request a Due Process Hearing. Prior to this hearing your school district will convene a Resolution Session. If the issues are not resolved there you may go to a mediation. If still no agreement, parents maintain the right to proceed to a hearing.
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