Representation at IEP Meetings
Eligible Pennsylvania 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 without support. Some children, however, have learning needs that are different enough that they require an IEP, or individualized educational plan.
Public school districts are required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to develop an individualized educational plan for every child who qualifies. The IEP lawyers at Jacobson & John LLP, known as The Education Lawyers can help ensure that students and their families receive all of the services to which they are entitled.
Who Qualifies for an IEP?
The law specifies 13 disabilities that qualify a child for an IEP:
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impairment
- Intellectual Disability
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impaired
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment
IEP Attorneys Strengthen Your Case
Advocating for the creation of and adherence to an IEP, however, can be challenging, and families and school districts often disagree over whether a child’s disabilities are severe enough to warrant the implementation of an IEP. Even if the school district agrees on the necessity of an IEP, a district that is facing financial pressures or other factors that strain its special education resources may attempt to argue for a level of services that is inappropriate to a child’s needs.
Our team of disability education lawyers can consult with a student’s family before, during, and after any communications or interactions with the school regarding the formation or modification of an IEP, including joining them at IEP meetings.