We are Sensible to the Legal Needs of Your Child
A Student with special needs depends on the law to ensure that the public school system gives the student reasonable accommodations that they are entitled to by law. Attorney Carsandra D. Buie represents students with special needs, ensuring they receive reasonable accommodations they need to participate in the least restrictive environment while attending school.
Carsandra represents clients throughout the Longwood and Orlando areas, including all communities in Seminole County, Volusia County, and Orange County, in the specific legal areas of special needs law.
When representing children, Carsandra will serve as their advocate and fight for their best interest.
Special Needs Education and the Law: Education for all Handicapped Children Act
Passed by Congress in1975, this was the first special education law directed toward students with physical and mental disabilities. The law stated that public schools must provide children with special needs with the same opportunities for special education as other children.
Understanding the law for special education accommodations and your child’s rights will put you in a better place to protect you child. An experienced special needs attorney like Carsandra D. Buie can assist you in obtaining reasonable accommodations needed for your child.
Enacted in 2004, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ensures that all qualifying children with disabilities have access to free and appropriate public education. The law outlines the special education benefit, including individualized special education services.
Requirements for Schools with Special Needs Students
States have different proceedings for implementing the law, but they all must be consistent with the IDEA. In accordance with the six basic principles, the schools must:
- Provide free and appropriate public education. Schools are required to provide an education at public expense, under public supervision and direction.
- Conduct an evaluation: Schools must gather the information necessary to help determine the child’s educational needs and guide decision making about appropriate educational programming.
- Produce an individualized education program: To ensure that the child’s individual needs are met, schools must create a written statement of the educational program designed for the child.
- Provide the least restrictive environment: Children with a disability are entitled by law to receive an appropriate education designed to meet their special needs. They must be separated from their nondisabled peers only when the nature of the disability is such that they cannot achieve in a general education classroom, even with supplementary aids and supports.
- Offer opportunities for meaningful participation: Schools must provide opportunities for parents and students, when appropriate, to get involved throughout the special education process.
- Implement procedural safeguards: Procedural safeguards ensure that the child’s and his or her parent’s rights are protected and establish clear steps to address disputes. Procedural safeguards guarantee that the parents can participate in meetings, examine all educational records, and obtain an individual educational evaluation.
What to Do When You Have Concerns About School Implementation
To resolve legal concerns with your child’s special needs education, consult with special needs lawyer Carsandra D. Buie. When representing students with special needs, attorney Buie will serve as their advocate and fight for their rights to a free and appropriate education. Our Law Office represents clients throughout Seminole County and Volusia County. To learn about your child’s rights as a student with special needs, call us at 800-219-3297.