Least Restrictive Environment
Special Needs Advocacy In La Mesa, Chula Vista And All Of Southern California
If the school-based individualized education program support team evaluates your child and concludes that he or she will not make progress in an integrated setting, even with supplementary aids and services, then the least restrictive environment for your child may be a small, segregated setting for part or all of the school day.
Common forms of special education instruction include the resource program and the self-contained, full-time special education program. A resource program is one where the student is “pulled out” of the regular classroom for one or more periods a day in order to receive some form of specialized instruction.
A self-contained special education program is one where the student spends all or most of the school day with other special education students. Placement in a therapeutic day school, in most cases, will only be considered after an unsuccessful attempt to serve the student in a special education classroom has been made.
Steps To Achieve The Least Restrictive Environment
If you believe your child has not been placed in the least restrictive environment that suits his or her educational needs, you should contact your child’s IEP support team via letter to request a meeting to consider a less restrictive environment. If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of that meeting, you may request mediation or, ultimately, a due process hearing to resolve the dispute.
It is wise at this point to enlist the services of an experienced special education lawyer who will advocate on your behalf to ensure that your child is placed in the least restrictive environment in San Diego.
Attorney Meagan Nuñez offers a free, no-obligation consultation in which she will answer your questions about the least restrictive environment issues or any matter regarding your child’s special education needs. Call 619-757-1290 or use our contact form to schedule an appointment with The Law Office of Meagan Nuñez.