Special Education Attorney/Advocate
South Carolina Special Education Attorney & Advocate
We help you advocate for your special needs child so she can thrive to the best of her ability.
Our special education services are determined by your individual situation. Our goal is to help you work cohesively with your child’s school system with the hopes of avoiding litigation. You will likely have a long relationship with the school district; therefore, it best to keep the relationship on good terms when at all possible.
Many times we work in the background providing you guidance as you navigate the special education process for your child. We are here to help you prepare for your IEP meeting and ensure your child’s educational rights are protected.
We Help You By:
Comprehensively reviewing your child’s school record and identifying areas which may need further evaluation or additional information.
Assisting you in developing a strategy and preparing for your child’s IEP or 504 meeting.
Composing letters to school districts.
Helping you obtain an Independent Educational Evaluation when necessary.
Advocating for your child at mediation or a Due Process Hearing if necessary.
Special Education Law FAQ
IEP stands for Individualized Educational Program. It is a legal document that contains written statements regarding your child’s learning goals and the services that will be provided by your child’s school.
A group of people associated with your child, called the IEP team. The IEP team consists of the following:
- You, the parents
- At least one of your child’s regular education teachers if your child participates in regular education.
- At least one of your child’s special education teachers.
- A school system representative who is qualified to provide or supervise special education, knows about the general education curriculum, and know about the school’s resources.
- Someone with experience interpreting the evaluation results and who can discuss what instruction may be necessary for your child.
- Other individuals who may have knowledge or special expertise about your child. This person may be invited by you or the school.
- Your child when appropriate.
The IEP is a “living document,” meaning it can be updated and edited. Your child’s IEP must be reviewed at least once per year. It may also be (and should be) reviewed more often when needed.
If you believe your child may have a disability and would like him evaluated, you must send a letter to the school demanding an evaluation. The school then has 60 days to evaluate your child.
Most parents are thrust into IEP meetings without any knowledge or experience in special education. On top of that, schools use many acronyms, and the conversation becomes frustrating. To give you a lead, here are a few of the most common acronyms:
IEP = Individualized Educational Program
FAPE = Free Appropriate Public Education
IEE = Independent Educational Evaluation
ESY = Extended School Year
LRE = Least Restrictive Environment
LEA = Local Education Agency
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