Long Beach Rights of Children with Disabilities

At Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman Attorneys at Law, our goal is to protect the Long Beach rights of children with disabilities so that these children can live rich lives and grow into successful adults. In the United States, the rights of all individuals are protected by law, and this includes the rights of those children who may be physically, emotionally, or mentally disabled. Much of these children’s lives revolve around school because this takes up much of their day and because high-quality schooling is vital to helping these children reach their goals throughout life.

In our office, our special needs attorneys strive to work with and through the law to ensure that children receive the educations they need and deserve. One of the most pertinent laws in these cases is IDEA, which is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This is the general special education law that applies to special needs children throughout the United States.

Understand Legal Rights for Long Beach Children with Special Needs

Long Beach children may be able to qualify for special services under IDEA if they undergo an evaluation and are approved by the school district. However, not all children with medical or psychiatric diagnoses will automatically qualify for these special services. Sometimes, parents work with us if their children have been denied special services. We can often help with independent evaluations and can help school districts work within the law to provide children with accommodations or modifications that they may need to succeed in school.

IDEA covers 13 main disability categories, some of which include the following:

  • Autism
  • Deafness
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • ADHD
  • Speech impairments
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Blindness

However, IDEA also makes it clear that the disability must make it difficult for the child to learn or progress in school. The school district has to prove that the child will need special education services in order to progress normally or at all.

Because this can quickly become a sticky situation, we are proud to work with families throughout the Long Beach area who are struggling through disagreements with the school district or who do not understand what they need to do to get special education services for their children. We can explain the laws and stand up for Long Beach families in the school district, at hearings and even in the courtroom if needed. We encourage you to call Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman today to get help for your unique situation.

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