According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (“IDEA”), all students with disabilities are entitled to a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”). In Pennsylvania, this right to FAPE also extends to gifted students.

However, the laws pertaining to special education students are complex, and successfully navigating the special education process can be difficult and overwhelming for parents. Our special education attorneys are here to guide and inform you about your child’s rights within the education system and to develop effective, practical and creative solutions to your legal concerns.

Our team of professional and accomplished education lawyers can assist families of students with special needs in a wide range of matters, including:

  • The evaluation and determination of your child’s eligibility for early intervention and school-age special education services, gifted programming or services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Representation in special education due process hearings, as well as state and federal court proceedings
  • Review of multidisciplinary evaluations, IEPs, GIEPs, and Section 504 Service Agreements
  • Attending multidisciplinary team meetings and IEP meetings
  • School disciplinary proceedings, including expulsions and manifestation determination meetings
  • Discrimination claims under Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”)


Special Education Law

Federal law mandates that every student be provided with a free public school education that is appropriate for their educational abilities. The reality is that many students, including some with serious physical and mental disabilities, have to fight to obtain appropriate services from school districts for children with individualized education needs. Our special education attorneys offer a wide range of legal and advocacy services intended to help parents ensure the integrity of their children’s education. Read more…

Representation in Due Process Hearings

When school districts and families disagree over special education law issues, the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act protects a parent’s right to request a due process hearing. Preparing the evidence about the disputed issue is a critical step to making a winning argument. The Pennsylvania special education litigation attorneys at Jacobson & John LLP have deep experience representing families during these crucial times. Read more…

Representation at IEP Meetings

Pennsylvania school students are entitled to a free, appropriate public education. Even though all children learn differently, most students’ learning needs largely can be met in the regular classroom. Some children, however, have learning needs that are different enough that they require an IEP, or individualized educational plan. Advocating for the creation of and adherence to an IEP, however, can be challenging, and the IEP lawyers at Jacobson & John LLP can help ensure that families receive all of the services to which they are entitled. Read more…

Representation in Seeking SAT or ACT Accommodations

If your child has an IEP or receives other special accommodations for high school or secondary school, he or she likely is entitled to receive similar accommodations when taking either of the most common college entrance examinations: the SAT and the ACT. Sometimes, however, students and their families who seek these accommodations for college entrance tests encounter difficulties with local school authorities or testing company personnel. The special education attorneys of Jacobson & John LLP can help families seeking accommodations on entrance exams. Read more…

Representation in Bullying and Harassment Cases

Kids who have to face constant bullying in the educational setting suffer well-documented damage to their educational achievement, mental and physical health, and their future well-being as adult members of society. If your school district isn’t confronting a bullying problem that’s affecting your child, our Bullying and Harassment practice can help. Read more…

Protecting Rights of Students in Higher Education

Coupled with the ongoing increases in the cost of a four-year college education, the importance of college to a successful professional career has made it more important than ever that institutions of higher education be held accountable for quality and integrity of the services they provide to their students.

Our Higher Education practice assists college students and their parents in a wide range of issues today’s undergraduates and graduate students may face on campus, from Title IX discrimination claims to special college accommodations to allegations of honor code violations or other academic discipline. Read more…

Representation in Seeking LSAT, MCAT, GRE Accommodations

College students whose disabilities require them to take extra time or receive other special college accommodations during test taking are entitled to similar arrangements when taking the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, or any other standardized exams required for entrance into graduate school. However, higher education students often encounter resistance when seeking those accommodations. The lawyers for special education of Jacobson & John LLP can help determine when those difficulties may have crossed the line into discrimination and can represent college students as they seek the rights to which they are entitled. Read more…