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Placerville Special Education Attorney
EXPERIENCED SPECIAL EDUCATION REPRESENTATION BEGINS HERE
A dispute with your child's school creates disheartening struggles you may feel ill equipped to deal with by yourself. Your school may respond to your concerns by holding IEP meeting after IEP meeting, all of which fail to resolve the problem. Or the school may fail and refuse to hold an IEP meeting despite your requests for one. The school may refuse to assess your child to determine whether your loved one needs special education supports or whether their educational needs have changed. If your child's school has failed to provide your kiddo appropriate special education supports, don't settle for more of the same.
Led by a dedicated attorney who truly cares about the individuals she represents, our law firm provides capable representation to families like yours. By taking on a limited number of cases, our law firm ensures that we will provide you with the attention you need.
IEP REPRESENTATION IN PLACERVILLE
The majority of our work is special education due process representation before the Office of Administrative Hearings, which is a quasi-judicial tribunal that hears various types of administrative cases, including special education cases. In this capacity, we represent families at resolution sessions, mediations, informal settlement negotiations, and, if the case does not settle, at due process hearings.
On behalf of children with special needs we have filed compliance complaints with the California Department of Education. And we have been in federal district court when a school district discriminated against a child and retaliated against the child's mother.
We also are available to attend IEP meetings, as part of a due process case, or as a separate service in lieu of filing a due process complaint. Many disputes with schools can be resolved when a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer represents a family at an IEP meeting.
REASONS TO FILE A SPECIAL EDUCATION DUE PROCESS COMPLAINT
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which is the federal statute concerning special education, and related California state law, set out school districts' legal obligations. Below are some common violations school districts engage in that may necessitate that a parent (or her attorney) file for due process:
Failing to make a child with a disability eligible for special education
Failing to conduct needed assessments
Failing to offer appropriate related services and accommodations
Failing to offer or provide an appropriate placement
Failing to provide related services included in the IEP
Failing to provide accommodations included in the IEP
Failing to timely convene an IEP meeting
Failing to include appropriate goals in the IEP
Failing to provide school records after receiving a records request
Failing to follow required procedures before expelling a student
Unilaterally changing a student's IEP
Refusing to consider an independent educational evaluation
The complaints our law firm files on behalf of children with special needs and their parents almost always concern more than one violation of the IDEA. In this way, we aim to address the comprehensive needs of the child.
PRO BONO DUE PROCESS SERVICES
We aim to help children by protecting their special education rights guaranteed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). With this goal in mind, we realize that not all families can afford the services of an attorney. For this reason, we offer to qualifying parents of modest means special education due process services without charge. Call today to find out if you qualify.
PLACERVILLE DISABILITY AND EDUCATION RESOURCES
Attorney Molly Watson has
Spent more than a Decade Providing Honest, Affordable
and Caring Legal Representation
Molly Watson takes pride in providing families with a special needs child with high quality legal representation in special education matters. As a former credentialed teacher and substitute teacher, she understands the terrible problems parents too often have in dealing with schools and school districts.
You will work directly with her. She will give you personalized advice each step along the way. Communication is highly encouraged and the firm stays in touch with clients on a regular basis.
Mrs. Watson will help you better understand your legal options for obtaining a free appropriate pubic education for your child in the least restrictive environment. And she will work with you with the goal of obtaining an appropriate education that meets your child's unique needs.
Proudly Serving Clients in Placerville and Each of the Following Areas as Well as Other Cities in Northern and Central California
Call us today to retain a knowledgable and experienced lawyer who will fight to
protect your child's special education rights.
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