A few weeks ago, we began a discussion about advocating for your child's special educational needs. We mentioned that special needs children are entitled to certain rights and protections under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We also mentioned that your child's teachers should be working with you to create and maintain an individualized education program (IEP) that fits your child's special educational needs.
If your child has been diagnosed with a disability that affects his or her capacity to make effective educational progress without accommodations or specialized instruction, he or she should have an IEP in place. The document should not be standardized in the sense that the same formula is used for every child with a disability in a given school. Rather, the document should be highly personal and tailored to your child's needs specifically.
If you are concerned that your child's IEP is inappropriate or inadequate for his or her needs, please do not hesitate to contact an attorney experienced in education law. An attorney can help you and your child's educators draft, evolve and enforce your child's IEP in ways that will help to ensure that your child receives the education that he or she both deserves and is entitled to by law.
Parents of special needs children often feel overwhelmed by the numerous ways in which they must do battle in order to ensure that their children thrive physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and educationally. If your child's educators are misinformed, overworked or are otherwise struggling to draft and enforce a proper IEP, do not hesitate to seek an attorney's help. You do not have to fight this battle alone.