Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need an attorney?

Parents should consider consulting an attorney when:

  • They are having trouble getting their child evaluated for special education services;
  • They are in disagreement with the school district regarding what services are necessary;
  • They are seeking an outside placement for their child;
  • Their child’s behaviors have escalated and/or their child is being restrained, secluded or referred frequently to the juvenile court or Children’s Services;
  • Their child is not making progress;
  • There is disagreement about the child’s ability level;
  • Their child is being bullied.

What is the difference between a lay advocate and an attorney?

Lay advocates play a critical role in special education. However when a dispute with a school district is not resolved within a reasonable period of time, and/or litigation is contemplated, then the advice of an attorney should be sought.

How much does it cost to retain you?

Our consultation fee provides a record review and an opinion regarding whether you have a case, and the direction you ought to go.

The fee is payable at the time of the consult, but the consult does not create an attorney client relationship unless a retainer agreement is signed.

The amount required for representation varies and depends on the complexity of the issues, and whether litigation is likely.

Do you ever take cases pro bono  (without a fee)?‚Äč

We do take some case pro bono. If you feel your case should be considered for pro bono representation, please call the office. Cases are also considered on a first come, first served basis.

What if you can’t help me?

We will always try to find someone to help even if we are unable to do it. 

Does the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act include disabled children?

Absolutely. In fact, the highly qualified teacher concept now in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), was incorporated in NCLB. Moreover, the concept of free appropriate public education under the reauthorization includes adequate progress for the disabled student.

What are scientifically based educational programs?

Scientifically based educational programs are educational programs using methods of instruction, which have been evaluated under scientifically accepted standards to prove the efficacy of the program.

What is peer reviewed research?

Peer reviewed research is research, which has been presented to scientists for validity by researchers in the same field of expertise.

For more specific information about Special Education please see the Resource page for links to further information.