Skip directly to content

Representation

I can repesent you from the beginning of the IEP process or start whenever you need extra assistance.  Whether I review minutes of an IEP meeting to make suggestion for what should be included, attend an IEP meeting, file a due process challenge before a Georgia administrative law judge or anything in between, having a lawyer on your side shows the school district that you are serious about receiving the best possible IEP.

Specific tasks I can help with include:

  • requesting an evaluation or an IEP meeting
  • preparing for the IEP eligibility meeting
  • preparing for the IEP program meeting -- including drafting parts of the IEP and suggesting what material will be most effective
  • attending an IEP meeting
  • reviewing evaluations and IEP forms before you sign them
  • researching a specific legal issue that applies to your situation
  • helping you informally resolve a dispute with the school district
  • assessing the strength of your case, if you are considering filing a complaint
  • preparing for and attending hearings
  • writing post-hearing briefs
  • preparing a complaint for you to file with the appropriate educational agency
  • representing you in court.

Call (404) 590-5585 to set up a consultation.

 

Special Needs Education Eligibility

Under the IDEA, a child is eligible for services if the child need services based on 

  • intellectual disabilities

  • hearing impairments (including deafness)

  • speech or language impairments

  • visual impairments (including blindness)

  • serious emotional disturbance

  • orthopedic impairments

  • autism

  • traumatic brain injury

  • specific learning disabilities

  • other health impairments

20 U.S.C. § 1401(3)(A)(i)

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973:

No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States ... shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance ...

29 U.S.C. § 794 (commonly referred to as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act)

Under the ADA:

[N]o qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity.

42 U.S.C. § 12132.  A school district is a public entity as defined by section 12131.