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Eighteen years, then they're adults.
The public school system has one purpose: to educate each and every child. That is, to prepare all students -- including those with different abilities -- to function, be productive, and contribute to society as adults to the best of their ability for the rest of their lives. Childhood is but a brief, fleeting moment, considering that the U.S. average adult life expectancy is about 80 years. The school has one shot to get it right.
Unfortunately in most cases schools force parents to fight to get equal access, accommodations, and services for their children with disabilities.
The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (I.D.E.A.) requires school districts to provide all students with disabilities a free, appropriate public education ("FAPE"). School districts must identify, appropriately assess, and provide appropriate education for all students with disabilities. Even students placed in private schools have certain rights as well. Under the I.D.E.A., the parent's only recourse is due process.
In the landmark special education case Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, the first special education case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court since Rowley in 1982, the Court was asked to clarify exactly what kind of “educational benefits” an IEP must provide, or more specifically, "what is the level of educational benefit that school districts must confer on children with disabilities to provide them with the free appropriate public education guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq.?"
Education law is complex, and it pretty much takes much more than a law degree to navigate the realm of special education. Many parents turn to special education attorneys to assist them with their child's Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.) or due process.
We are passionate about helping students and their parents to receive their deserved FAPE. Contact us today for a free consultation and discuss options for your child.
It goes by so fast...
Special Education Attorney
San Diego, California