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Empowering Special Needs Students with Expert Legal Advocacy Solutions

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Special education advocacy is a fundamental practice area at K Altman Law. We pride ourselves on having a special education advocacy team featuring members who have years of experience advising families about special education services, programs, and eligibility requirements. The rights of both parents and children are integral to any case involving a person who receives special education services.  

How We Help Families

Special Education Eligibility

Child Find, under IDEA, identifies and evaluates children with potential disabilities, ensuring they receive the necessary special education services. This collaborative initiative involves parents, educators and community agencies, working together to assess children's unique needs and determine their eligibility for support. Reach out to K Altman Law today and take the first step toward educational equity for your child.

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

An IEP is a tailored plan for students with disabilities. Special students may face issues like inadequate assessment, insufficient support and untrained educators. Experienced special education advocates at K Altman Law can help address these challenges by providing expert guidance on IEP development, ensuring access to appropriate services and resources and advocating for your child's rights in the special education system. 

Alternative Placement 

Alternative Placements in Special Education refer to educational settings outside of the traditional classroom for students with special needs. These students may face challenges in finding the best alternative placement that meets their individual needs and abilities. K Altman Law offers professional services of Special Education Advocates to help navigate the process and ensure that the student's rights and needs are being met in their alternative placement.

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) mandates inclusion for students with disabilities. Special students may face inadequate support, social stigma and insufficient resources. K Altman Law's proficient team of special education advocates offers expert guidance on LRE, fostering inclusive experiences and advocating for your child's rights. Through our dedication and expertise, we'll work together to overcome LRE-related challenges and create a thriving educational environment for your child.

Section 504

Section 504 is a civil rights law prohibiting disability discrimination. Special students may encounter inadequate accommodations, compliance issues and limited understanding of their rights. Team of special education advocates at K Altman Law can help resolve challenges related to Section 504 plans, ensuring appropriate accommodations and advocating for your child's rights.

Due Process

Due process safeguards special students' rights in educational disputes. Issues may include complex regulations, inadequate representation, and miscommunication. Special education advocates at K Altman Law offer expert guidance on due process for students with disabilities, ensuring fair representation and strong advocacy. With our unwavering commitment and expertise, we'll navigate due process complexities together, championing your child's rights and securing their educational future.

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) ensures accessible, individualized education for students with disabilities. Special students may face inadequate assessment, limited resources and insufficient support. K Altman Law's team of special education advocates offers expert guidance on FAPE, helping families navigate eligibility and secure appropriate services. 

Manifestation Determination Review

A Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) is a process in special education that determines if a student's behavior is a direct result of their disability. Special needs students may face challenges in this review, such as a lack of understanding of the process and difficulties in communicating their needs. K Altman Law offers professional services of Special Education Advocates to help navigate the MDR process and ensure that the student's rights and needs are being met.

Office of Civil Rights (OCR)

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) plays a crucial role in protecting the rights of students with special needs. Special needs students may face challenges in navigating the OCR process, such as a lack of understanding of their rights and difficulties in communicating their needs. K Altman Law offers professional services of Special Education Advocates to help students and their families understand the OCR process and ensure that their rights are protected and upheld.

We Guide Families Through the System and Provide Expert Representation 

Special education advocacy consultations are a good way for parents and guardians to learn more about the services provided by the special education advocates at K Altman Law. We help family members and children with their special education needs. You may not understand how to proceed after learning that an educational institution may not be fulfilling its duty to provide your child with the services and accommodations they need. The following is what you can expect during a special education advocacy consultation:  

 

  • Discussing the present needs of parents, guardians and children who may need to revise an Individualized Education Plan or schedule an appointment with a medical specialist  

 

  • Assessing the current services and accommodations provided to the student by an educational institution  

 

  • Formulating response plans for pending evaluations, upcoming assessments and unexpected diagnoses 

 

  • Reviewing relevant educational and medical information to help the child achieve their goals  

Let us hear your story!

In the United States, special education laws, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), provide students with disabilities various rights and protections. This article takes you through some key student rights in special education law

Available Services for Clients with Non-Legal Special Education Issues

Having a special education advocate on your side can reduce some of the stress and anxiety experienced by parents and guardians who are helping children with non-legal special education issues. The following are some of the services offered by K Altman Law for individuals seeking a special education advocate:  

 

  • Attending Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings with parents and guardians  

  • Attending Section 504 meetings with parents and guardians

  • Analyzing reports and evaluations to provide professional recommendations regarding placement, programming, accommodations and related services. 

 

  • Drafting complaints, responses, and requests to school districts, school boards, and administrators  

  • Navigating Manifestation Determination Review Hearings and appeals

  • Helping parents and guardians understand their rights and their children’s rights under laws pertaining to special education in the United States  

  • Advising parents, guardians, and family members about eligibility requirements for special education  

 

  • Sharing updated information regarding national, state and local resources for children with disabilities  

 

  • Filing Due Process or OCR complaints

Services for Special Education Students  

Learning that your child has been denied the services or accommodations they require can be alarming. A special education advocate helps families address the problems they have with educational institutions. The following are some of the most common problems students may face at school:  

 

  • Lack of appropriate evaluations to inform decision-making

  • Denial of special education services or accommodations

  • Insufficient behavioral supports

  • Lack of progress monitoring toward annual goals and objectives

  • Incomplete or missing transition plans

  • Lack of related provider services

  • Lack of access to curricula

  • Disregard for parent input regarding services and needs

  • Disagreement over educational placement

 

Federal and state laws may be implicated in conflicts between special education students and their schools. Our special education advocates work with attorneys at K Altman Law to assist students and their families with every aspect of their special education needs. 

Our Success Stories

01.

Student with Intellectual Disability and Autism Suspended “Indefinitely”

An eight-year-old boy diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability and Autism exhibited aggressive behaviors toward staff and peers.

02.

Student Removed from Full Day Special Education Programming Without Parental Consent

An 11-year-old student who is autistic and several years behind grade level had received 80% of her day in a special education resource classroom since kindergarten.

What Our Clients Say About Us

An Appreciative Client

Thank you so much for all your help and support!! I don't know where we would be without you!! I am praying we won't need services again, but if we do, I will definitely be in touch!! I will definitely recommend your services if anybody needs it!

Anonymous

Student with Mozaic Fragile X Syndrome

We have our share of challenges in raising a child with Mozaic Fragile X syndrome. We needed a support from the advocate, that would help us to get the right placement for our son in the school. When we found Rebecca Sidders and explained what  we would like to achieve for our son, she had a plan of action, and was committed to helping us in any way possible to get what he needed. Her tenacity throughout our case with the school district, resulted in a favorable outcome where the school district agreed to change the placement, program and IEP. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we truly appreciate all your hard work on our behalf.

Anonymous

Helping a Female Student with his IEP

I am so appreciative of all your help. I can tell you are compassionate about what you do. As you can tell I've had my work cut out for me dealing with this school city and if it wasn't for your help I feel my daughter would've still been in a rut. I can't thank you enough.  You  have been such a blessing to us. I look forward to finishing this up, with your help, and then working with you for my other child as well. Thank you again!

Anonymous

Helping a Family with their Special Child's Education System

Thank you for all your hard work. I could not have done it without you.  You were a great advocate for our family. This is the best thing for our child, and I have already seen improvements since our recent meeting. We have a long way to go, but, this is a great start.  I want to be sure you know our family appreciates all you did.

Anonymous

School-based Team

Thank you for being the advocate needed yesterday. We as professionals must remember we are here for the betterment of our students regardless of ability or disability; finding a solution is always the way. We are responsible for doing what’s right, not what’s easy.

Jane Bazz

Helping a Male Student with his IEP

Thank you so much for your support, leadership, and assistance in tightening up our son’s IEP. I truly believe your presence simply resolved several issues before we even came to the conclusion of his IEP. Our advocate’s hard work and dedication to our child’s case is truly appreciated. I personally cannot thank you enough for caring for the needs of my son.

Robb Walters

Our Special Education Team 

Keith Altman, Esquire

Keith Altman, Esquire

Founder - Lead Attorney

Ashley Bennett

Ashley Bennett

Special Education Advocate

Bobbie Congdon

Bobbie Congdon

Special Education Advocate

Nikki Camiso, Esquire

Nikki Camiso, Esquire

Senior Attorney

Norah Schumann

Norah Schumann

Special Education Advocate

Rebecca Sidders

Rebecca Sidders

Director of Special Education Advocacy

Sarah Lhotak

Sarah Lhotak

Special Education Advocate

Special Education Attorneys

Call Today to Speak with a Special Education Advocate at K Altman Law 

The special education team at K Altman Law assists parents, guardians and students who are not receiving the services they require from an educational institution. We help children with developmental disabilities get the support and accommodations they need to thrive inside and outside the classroom. Call K Altman Law at 888-984-1341 to speak to a special education advocate today. 

Our Legal Representation for Schools in Special Education Cases

Schools face numerous complexities when addressing special education matters, making it essential to have the expertise of experienced special education attorneys on their side. Special education team at K Altman Law offers invaluable guidance on compliance with federal and state regulations, ensuring the proper implementation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Section 504 plans. With a deep understanding of the unique challenges schools encounter, we help mitigate risk and manage disputes, providing representation in due process hearings and fostering collaborative relationships with families. Our commitment to promoting an inclusive and legally sound educational environment benefits all students. By partnering with K Altman Law, schools can access not only our legal acumen but also our dedication to upholding the rights and best interests of every child, ultimately creating a thriving and supportive learning atmosphere that nurtures the success of students with disabilities.

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