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Special Education and IEP Advocacy

The Law Office of Tim Schwarz provides assistance to families with special-needs children struggling to get appropriate services from the public education system. When children have special needs, they might need services or adjustments in classes to succeed to the best of their ability. Under the Individuals with Disabilites Education Act (IDEA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), children with special needs are entitled to special support.

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When a child is determined eligible for services under the IDEA, the school district must hold a meeting every year to make an Individual Education Program (IEP). Although the parents are equal members of the IEP team, the school district may have multiple different people attending the meeting, each with their own specialty or area of responsibility. Even with the best of intentions from the school district, the presentation of legal formalities and expert opinion can be confusing, exhausting, and overwhelming for a parent to deal with.

If the education system provides sufficient intervention, a student with special needs can graduate as a productive citizen rather than needing additional support as an adult.  Yet school districts do not always think this way because providing support for adults who have graduated or aged out of the system is not the district's responsibility.  When that happens, someone must advocate for the long-term interests of the student.

Hiring a lawyer means that someone is on your side, helping you make sure that the school district implements the best possible plan.  The Law Office of Tim Schwarz represents parents in Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Barrow, Rockdale, Clayton, Cherokee, Fayette, Henry, and Douglas counties and throughout north Georgia.  Call (404) 590-5585 to set up a free initial consultation. Or check out the Georgia Special Education Law Blog.