Published in WNYC News - Costs Soar to Send Students with Disabilities to Private Schools

New York Times Editorial
January 12, 2014

"The treatment of disabled students should be a source of national shame. They represent 12 percent of students in the country, but they make up 25 percent of students receiving multiple out-of-school suspensions and 23 percent of students subjected to a school-related arrest."

Federal and State laws cover pre-schoolers, elementary school children, teens, and young adults who have special needs and require special services.

We can help you identify your child's educational needs to make sure that your child is receiving the benefits of instruction, as is every child's right under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  View our Disabilities and Classifications page.

Our approach is to present each student’s educational needs from his or her point of view focusing on the child’s perceptions in the classroom.  Often a student’s needs gets lost in the shuffle if what is available in district is inappropriate to meet his or her needs. We provide advocacy services at Committee on Special Education (CSE) review meetings.  Appropriate placement or services help a student  achieve educational progress including academic and social/emotional growth necessary to build  self-esteem and self-sufficiency.

A student classified under IDEA is entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).   Our goal is to make sure that every student is receiving the benefits of instruction.  

We try to resolve every case to avoid litigation.  When we cannot achieve a settlement, we will represent you at Impartial Hearing to obtain the appropriate services.