Contesting a Downey Eligibility Determination

With over 30 years of experience, Newman Aaronson Vanaman Attorneys at Law serve the Downey area with great expertise, professionalism, and compassion. Our many attorneys and paralegals have a variety of specialties, but each of them works for the good of our area’s special needs children. Many times, these children are forgotten or overlooked. They may not get the community services that they need to be able to participate in activities outside their homes, and they may not receive the education that they need to go on to college and succeed in their lives after high school. We are working hard to change the educational climate for Downey special needs children from preschool through college. We can also work with parents who need help understanding trusts, guardianships and more.

However, one of the biggest concerns that parents often raise with us is the feeling that their children are not receiving the special education help that they need to succeed in their grade level. This typically has to do with Downey eligibility determinations. An eligibility determination is what tells the school district whether the child qualifies for any type of special education. This determination is made after the child undergoes a series of assessments and evaluations with doctors, psychiatrists, educational consultants and others who may have a say in the child’s diagnosis. The district then looks at these results and determines whether the child qualifies for special help. Some children are diagnosed with a disability, but educators do not feel that they need special educational services to keep up with their peers in the general classroom setting.

Let NAV Law Handle the Downey Legal Representation for Children with Special Needs

Sadly, parents do not always agree with these Downey eligibility determinations. They may feel that a key component of their child’s development or welfare has been overlooked or that the school district officials simply have not taken the appropriate time to look over the paperwork. In these cases, we can come alongside the parents and work with the school district to make a correct determination. When the need arises, we can also take the case to the higher powers, such as the regional center. We will attend all necessary meetings, walk parents through paperwork and answer any question about legal documentation, including Individualized Education Plans. By taking the pressure off the parents, we allow them to focus on their own needs as well as on the emotional health of their children.

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