Who should consider scheduling a consultation?
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. Special Ed Legal Consults is designed to come to your Bay Area workplace to save you time. If you are outside of the SF Bay Area, other options are available.
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?
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 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 Diversity and Inclusion Director or Human Resources Department to see if your company has already engaged Special Ed Legal Consults 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. We can also help you to introduce our services to your company.
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.