Santa Clarita Rights of Children with Disabilities

State and federal law strongly protect the rights of Santa Clarita children with disabilities. While the Americans with Disabilities Act protects against all forms of discrimination against people of all ages with all types of disabilities, several other laws go much further than this to protect the educational rights of children. Children who do not receive the best educations for their needs and age may find it difficult to go very far in life, to further their education or to gain meaningful employment. A good education should be seen as a fabulous foundation for future success.

Santa Clarita children with disabilities have their educational rights protected by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This act ensures that children with documented disabilities receive an Individualized Education Plan at the beginning of each school year. This plan details what special services the child will receive, any modifications or accommodations that the child will receive and what progress the child should make throughout the school year. Parents can attend IEP meetings and can request additional IEP meetings throughout the school year if they feel that changes or adjustments need to be made.

However, IDEA and similar related laws do much more than just provide children with IEPs. They also provide many other rights to these children and their families, including the following:

Least Restrictive Environment

The law not only states that children with disabilities should receive a free and appropriate public education but also stipulates that these children should receive their educations in the least restrictive environments possible. For some, this means that they can join their peers in the general classroom. Others may require separate special educational services and classes.

Prior Written Notice

If the school changes its decision about what services a Santa Clarita child with disabilities can receive, parents must receive written notice about the proposed changes beforehand.

Due Process

Parents who disagree with a school district’s decision can request a due process hearing. Until the final decision is made, the student will continue to receive special education services.

Independent Educational Evaluations

Parents who disagree with decisions made by the school district regarding services can request an independent educational evaluation at the cost of the school district.

Parents who want to know more about applicable laws protecting the Santa Clarita rights of children with disabilities can request a consultation with a special needs attorney from Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman.

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