Special Education Attorney/Advocate

South Carolina Special Education IEP 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 is 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.

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:

  1. You, the parents
  2. At least one of your child’s regular education teachers if your child participates in regular education.
  3. At least one of your child’s special education teachers.
  4. 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.
  5. Someone with experience interpreting the evaluation results and who can discuss what instruction may be necessary for your child.
  6. Other individuals who may have knowledge or special expertise about your child. This person may be invited by you or the school.
  7. 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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