In order for a child in Los Angeles to qualify for special education, he or she must first be deemed eligible for these services. While these determinations were once made solely by officials in the school district, they now are required by law to include the parents of the child. Parents are allowed to attend evaluations and to see all documentation relating to the eligibility determination. However, because parents do not have the final say in these determinations, some determinations may be contested. To solve a contested eligibility determination properly, an attorney should be called in to attend the hearing and to speak for the parents. At Newman Aaronson Vanaman, our team of attorneys and paralegals are well-qualified to provide every type of legal counsel for special needs children and their families.
Special Education Eligibility Representation in Los Angeles
If the Los Angeles school district determines that a child is not eligible for special services, the district is required to notify the parents of this determination in writing. According to IDEA, or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, parents always have the option to contest this decision and should be given information regarding how to do this by the school district. While parents can go through this process alone, a special education attorney will have the best success at winning eligibility for the child because of his or her knowledge of the law, prior experience, and professional responsibility.