If you are a California parent of a child between three and twenty-two who is — or should be — receiving special education, we can help.
We know that work-life integration is difficult for all parents of school-age children. But for parents of children with disabilities, the challenges can be exponentially greater. That often leaves insufficient time to get a handle on your child’s education.
And, even the best efforts to understand the complicated special education laws and procedures can leave parents feeling frustrated and powerless.
It’s time to take action. Special Ed Legal Consults is designed to come to your Bay Area workplace to save you time. We provide one or more blocks of two-hour private, confidential legal consultation to point you in the right direction—based upon your child’s individual needs. We will develop an action plan and strategies so you feel more comfortable navigating the confusing and frustrating special education system.
And, to help you even more, if your company includes Special Ed Legal Consults as an employee perk, your company will pay for this consultation. Additional consults to parents may also be available as employee perks, depending upon your company’s arrangements with us.
Who should consider scheduling a consultation?
- Do I understand my rights as a parent of a special needs child?
- Is my “wait and see” approach the right path, or am I waiting because I feel stuck and I am not sure how to solve the problem?
- Is my child’s program based upon his or her individual needs, or is it just “what we’ve got” — a one size fits all approach?
- What can I do to change the power dynamics? I feel outnumbered at IEP meetings facing the entire school team by myself.
- How can the Individualized Education Plan (“IEP”) document reflect my concerns even though the school writes this document without including my comments?
- How can I express my requests more persuasively?
- What kind of strategies would enable me to help my child more effectively?
- How do I advocate convincingly for my child while remaining collaborative -- so I don’t burn bridges with my school district?
If you are already working with an attorney or an advocate, but you would like a second opinion relating to a special education matter, we can review your questions with you. Because our services are limited to one or more consultations, we would not handle your case going forward.
How should you prepare for the consultation?
We will send you a few documents to complete and return, and ask you to prepare an educational chronology and gather your child’s key educational records to bring with you. Procedures may differ depending on whether your company will provide you with our services as an employee perk or whether you are seeking our services directly. The more prepared you are for our consultation, the more we can accomplish together.
What will we do during the consultation?
Written documentation is critical to improving a child’s special education program. We will sit down together, conduct an overview of your key educational documents and educational chronology, review the specific issues relating to your child, and develop an action plan for your next steps.
How do you get started?
Contact your company’s Human Resources department to see if your company has already engaged Special Ed Legal Consults for employee services and you are eligible to obtain our services. If so, we will follow your company's authorization procedures and we will start the process. Or, feel free to contact us for more information.
If not, ask your HR Department why not!
For parents who would like to arrange a confidential consultation without the involvement of their company, please contact us directly.
If your concerns are urgent or approaching the Statute of Limitations (generally within two years from the time a parent knew or should have known about the problem, including certain situations in which the school district made misrepresentations or withheld required information), please contact a special education attorney immediately for full representation in the special education matter. Our consultation services focus on an action plan, and do not include full representation.
We are here to help you get started on the path to better results.