Eligible disabilities include:
Emotional Disturbance (such as anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD)
Other Health Impairment (includes ADHD and other chronic or acute health problems)
Specific Learning Disability
Language or Speech Disorder
Hearing Impairment including Deafness
Visual Impairment including Blindness
Traumatic Brain Injury
We guide parents to establish eligibility for special education services — a process that may be more complicated than expected.
For example, a clinical diagnosis alone is usually insufficient. We show parents what is needed to meet the legal requirements, such as demonstrating that the child needs specialized instruction to succeed at school.
Even after special education eligibility is established, families face a variety of issues that can be discussed during our consultation.
Why don’t we offer full representation to new clients?
We have seen many families wait too long to seek legal guidance. Without expertise in special education law or experience navigating the process, families often lack effective strategies to improve their child’s educational program. A full representation special education practice can only offer guidance to a limited number of families who need help, due to the intensive, time-consuming nature of a special education case.
We developed a limited representation consultation model to reach more families and point them in the right direction. At Special Ed Legal Consults, our goal is to help families more quickly, and to provide them with advocacy tools to address their child’s specific issues. Earlier intervention with a strategic approach can help remediate the problem, avoid crises, and make family life more manageable.
After an initial special education legal consultation, we can help you determine whether immediate full legal representation is needed. If so, we can make referrals to other special education attorneys whose practices include full representation.
Our special education legal consults teach parents about their rights, focus on the specific issues relating to their child, and develop an action plan to help improve the child’s educational program.