Contesting a Glendale Eligibility Determination

Determining if one’s child is eligible for special education services in the Glendale school district is a lengthy, confusing process that can leave parents feeling alone, rejected and misunderstood. Because there are no definite parameters for determining if a child has a special need, parents are often at the mercy of a selected group of professionals who will together determine if they feel that the child falls into one of the 13 categories of special needs. Parents who feel that their children have been undeservedly denied the eligibility for special educational services will need to turn to a qualified attorney to contest the determination.

Difficulties with Eligibility Determination in Los Angeles County

Contesting Glendale Eligibility Determinations can be a lengthy process that is fraught with emotional highs and lows. Parents feel one moment that their concerns have been heard while in the next moment they feel that their child is being overlooked. An attorney from Newman Aaronson Vanaman in Sherman Oaks, California, can attend the eligibility hearings whether or not they are held in the school district offices and can take much of the pressure off the parents. This will give the parents the freedom that they need to focus their attention and energy on the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of the child rather than on the contested fight.

Our attorneys are dedicated to making the process of contesting a Glendale eligibility determination simple and easy to understand. We walk parents through each step of the process, show them how to fill out any necessary paperwork and attend all meetings with them. In fact, we can even do all the talking for them at these eligibility determination meetings if they like.

IDEA, or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, regulates how schools treat Glendale children with disabilities. The process of determining special needs and setting up an Individualized Educational Plan seems as if it would be simple, but many school districts struggle to know when a student falls into one of the special education types, such as speech and language disability, mental retardation, emotional disturbance or hearing impairment. In fact, all districts are allowed to add additional classification types at their own discretion. However, some school districts may be motivated by poor student-to-teacher ratios or low budgets to decrease special education support. If this is the case for a Glendale family, turn to Newman Aaronson Vanaman, which has been helping special needs children for over 30 years.

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