Orlando Special Education Attorney
Every parent wants the best for their child and that includes receiving a high level of education. Unfortunately, not all children fit one mold. The traditional method of learning is particularly difficult for children with disabilities, even if they are actually highly intelligent. However, children with learning disabilities may benefit from special education and an Individual Education Plan. An Orlando special education attorney can help answer your questions about an education plan today at Sperling Ducker PLC.
Why Your Child May Need Special Education
There are many reasons for a child to be evaluated for special education. According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a child with a disability may be eligible for services immediately after birth. IDEA provides education services to 6.5 million infants, toddlers, children, and youths across the country. It is also possible for a child to require special education at a later time because of life events, such as a traumatic brain injury. IDEA can help keep a child on track during their younger years until they are ready for traditional education, or can be used long-term if that is what works best for their needs. Under IDEA, the following are reasons for a child to qualify for special services through the school system, according to the Center for Parent Information and Resources:
- Emotional disturbance;
- Hearing impairment;
- Intellectual disability;
- Multiple disabilities;
- Orthopedic impairment;
- Other health impairment;
- Specific learning disability;
- Speech or language impairment;
- Traumatic brain injury; and
- Visual impairment, including blindness.
Among these impairments are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and other learning difficulties. An Individual Education Plan can greatly impact the education that your child receives, but they must qualify first by having their disability well documented.
What is an Individual Education Plan?
Once it has been determined that a child qualifies for special education based on IDEA, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) must be created. The IEP documents the student’s current abilities, yearly goals for the student, and what shorter term objectives the student should be able to achieve so that they meet the yearly goals. It also acts as a formal agreement between the school and the parents as to what special education services the school will provide, how long the services will go on before there is additional testing, and how the school will help transition the students in the event that they no longer need the services.
Contact Us Today for Help
Is your child’s school failing to properly evaluate your child for a developmental disability? Is the written IEP being followed? It not, then it is time for you to speak with an Orlando special education lawyer. At Sperling Ducker PLC, we can help you understand the process so that you can make clear decisions on your child’s future and stand up for their rights in the complex school system. Contact the Orlando office of Sperling Ducker PLC today to learn more.