What a Is Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)?
The right to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) is an educational entitlement of all students in the United States. The right to a FAPE is a civil right rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment, which requires schools to provide students with disabilities special education and related services, at public expense, designed to prepare those students for the future. To provide FAPE to a student, schools must provide students with an education, including specialized instruction and related services where necessary, designed to prepare the child for "further education, employment, and independent living."
What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), federal and Georgia law states that children with disabilities and their families have specific educational rights and procedural protections for exceptional students. The law provides for specialized instruction in the least restrictive environment possible that meets these students' challenges – whether physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, behavioral or emotional disabilities, or sensory impairment.
What is an IEP?
Individualized Education Program (IEP) – An IEP gives your child the right each school year to special accommodations and services so he or she can reach his or her full classroom potential.
What is a 504 Plan?
504 Plans – Similar to the IEP process, a 504 Plan guarantees a free and equal education to students with disabilities but includes some accommodations that may not fall under an IEP, such as physical modifications to a desk or a classroom, technology aids, modified textbooks, extra time to take tests, and physical or behavioral therapy.
What if I need help with my child's special needs?
If you are the parent of a child with special needs, and are facing challenges and frustrations in dealing with your school district, call on us for compassionate legal counsel and zealous representation to assist you in advocating for your child to receive an appropriate education and services. We're here to provide the support system you need with the information, resources, and legal advice necessary to fight for your family when developing an IEP or a 504 Plan , disputing decisions through mediation or a due process hearing, handling discipline such as school suspensions and expulsions, or designating a guardianship.
Do I need to hire an attorney?
Parents who do not understand how IDEA works often feel overwhelmed by the complexity of the laws governing it. They also worry about what will happen at home while they are away from work during the day. These parents usually don't know where to turn for help. In addition, many schools lack understanding of the requirements of IDEA and its regulations. This leads them to make incorrect assumptions about what constitutes "appropriate" education for a child with disabilities. Our experienced special education attorneys can assist you in obtaining all necessary documentation from school districts regarding your child’s disability diagnosis and needs.
Attempting to understand the complexities of the special education meetings, evaluations, and laws alone can make it difficult to know how to best advocate for your child. At The Hull Firm LLC, we offer compassion, understanding, and strong legal support to help you move forward. Don’t wait to get help with your legal situation — contact us today.