What Is The Special Education Law?

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The special education law was created to address the growing educational needs for students with disabilities. 
The special education law includes an act that was passed to provide disabled students with "free and appropriate public education."
This act includes the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The special education law gives disabled students and their parents' important rights.
Under IDEA, schools must identify and evaluate students who may have disabilities. If a disability is identified, then they are legally required to provide special educational services for children between the ages of 3 and 22. IDEA gives the disabled student and their family the right to:
  • Special education eligibility tests
  • Access to annual individualized education program (IEP) meetings
  • Input on individualized education program plans
  • Inspect student school records
How does a child qualify for IDEA? Not all disabled children qualify. A child must have a disability that also adversely affects their ability to learn. A few of the qualifying disabilities include:
  • Autism
  • Deafness
  • Blindness
  • Dyslexia
  • ADHD
How can a special education attorney do to help?
When your child has a disability that requires special individualized programs, it can be a frustrating fight with schools to get the educational services they need. A special education attorney can be the advocate your child needs to protect their rights.  
If you're looking to file a claim against a teacher, a school, or a school district, then finding a special education attorney with knowledge of disabilities, individualized education programs and options, psychological evaluations, and behavioral issues, is crucial.
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