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Special Education Law

About 6.5 million disabled students live in the United States, a figure that includes approximately 2.4 million children with learning disabilities and 800,000 with developmental delays and various degrees of autism. Others contend with significant physical disabilities, chronic illnesses, crippling anxiety, and other challenges.

When you meet with Jacobson & John LLP, The Education Lawyers, we’ll review the particular facts and circumstances of your child’s case to determine how we can best assist you. We can help advocate for your special needs child, whether that needs to happen during an IEP or 504 meeting at your child’s school or in a court proceeding. Call us for a consultation today.

If your child has a disability, identified or not, our experienced special education attorneys can help ensure that they get the special education support to which they are entitled.

Special Ed Students Guaranteed ‘Appropriate’ Education

Since the early 1970s, the idea has mandated that all eligible disabled students be provided with a free public school education that is appropriate for their educational needs. These protections are reinforced by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which prohibit disabled students from being excluded from any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.

In recent years, however, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has tightened its purse strings and asked local school districts to carry an increased share of the financial responsibility for providing special education services. Some of those school districts, unfortunately, have tried to cope with the increased costs by making it more difficult for eligible children in their communities to gain access to the services they need. Other school districts simply refuse to think “outside the box.”

Children Pay the Price for Public Budget Woes

For example, the parents of a child who would be a clear candidate for an IEP in a neighboring school district might be told by their current school district that her difficulties or behaviors don’t warrant an IEP. Similarly, parents whose child does have an IEP may encounter resistance from a school district when requesting IEP revisions that could require additional support or services from district personnel.

A particularly upsetting phenomenon for the parents of children with disabilities is when those disabilities form the basis of a school district’s discrimination against their children. Students with disabilities have been disciplined, branded as “disruptive,” expelled, and even physically restrained in response to behaviors that are associated with their disabilities.

Federal and state laws protect students with special needs from being penalized for their disabilities. If this is happening to your child, the sympathetic, knowledgeable attorneys at Jacobson & John LLP can help.

Our Special Education Lawyers in Pennsylvania

Jacobson & John attorneys are available to meet with you in Doylestown, Scranton, Reading, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, PA.

The firm’s special education lawyers represent families in school districts throughout eastern Pennsylvania. The following counties represent most of our cases in the eastern part of the state, however, we can and do go beyond these counties on a case by case basis: Adams County, Berks County, Bradford County, Bucks County, Carbon County, Chester County, Clinton County, Columbia County, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Delaware County, Franklin County, Juniata County, Mifflin County, Perry County, Philadelphia County, Wayne County, Wyoming County, York County.

Examples of our client’s school districts include: Abington Heights School District, Abington School District, Agora Cyber Charter School, Avon Grove School District, Bensalem Township School District, Berks County Intermediate Unit, Boyertown School District, Bristol Borough School District, Bristol Township School District, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Centennial School District, Central Bucks School District, Central Dauphin School District, Central York School District, Chester County Intermediate Unit, Coatesville Area School District, Collegium Charter School, Commonwealth Connections Academy, Council Rock School District, Crestwood School District, Cumberland Valley School District, Daniel Boone Area School District, Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Derry Township School District, Downingtown Area School District, Dunmore School District, East Penn School District, Eastern Lancaster County School District, Eastern Lebanon County School District, Exeter Township School District, Fleetwood School District, Great Valley School District, Hamburg Area School District, Hatboro, Horsham School District, Haverford Township School District, Jersey Shore School District, Jim Thorpe School District, Kennett Square Consolidated School District, Keystone Central School District, Kutztown Area School District, Lakeland School District, Lebanon School District, Lower Merion School District, Lower Moreland School District, Methacton School District, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, Muhlenberg School District, Nazareth Area School District, Neshaminy School District, New Hope Solebury School District, Norristown Area School District, North Penn School District, Northeastern Intermediate Unit, Northern Lehigh School District, Old Forge School District, Oley Valley School District, Olney Charter School, Owen J. Roberts School District, Oxford Area School District, PA Cyber Charter School, Palisades School District, Panther Valley School District, Parkland School District, Penn Delco School District, Pennridge School District, Pennsbury School District, People for People Charter School, Perkiomen Valley School District, Philadelphia School District (aka: School District of Philadelphia), Phoenixville Area School District, Pottstown School District, Quakertown Community School District, Radnor Township School District, Reading School District, Richland School District, Ridley School District, Saucon Valley School District, Schuylkill Valley School District, Scranton City School District, Scranton School District, Souderton Area School District, Spring-Ford Area School District, Springfield Township School District, Susquehanna Township School District, Tamaqua Area School District, Tredyffrin Easttown School District, Tulpehocken Area School District, Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, Upper Darby School District, Upper Dublin School District, Upper Merion Area School District, Upper Perkiomen School District, Wallingford – Swarthmore School District, West Branch School District, West Chester Area School District, West Perry School District, West Shore School District, Wilkes-Barre School District, Wilson School District, Wissahickon School District, Wyoming Valley West School District, Wyomissing Area School District, Young Scholars Charter School.

 




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