Educational Plans and Testing Accommodations

DIG provides consultation and representation in all areas related to education in both public and private schools.  In addition, we assist persons with learning or other disabilities in obtaining accommodations for high stakes standardized examinations, such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT, or state licencing exams.

Children with disabilities are often eligible for supports and relates services in the school settling.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that a student with a disability that is also in need of specialized instruction receives a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). What is appropriate and how a student is to receive an appropriate education is identified through a student’s individualized education plan (IEP). The right to have an IEP is arguably the most important right under the IDEA

Districts are required to review a student’s IEP annually. While the plan can and should be reviewed more often, the law only requires that districts review the plan once year and invite the parents to this meeting.  For most families this is the only time they get to speak to the IEP team.  For some families, it is the only time they are hearing from the teachers and service providers regarding how their child is doing in school.

DIG provides assistance in navigating the complicated education systems and processes including under the IDEA, ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and school discipline. DIG can review individualized education plans (IEPs) and 504 plans to ensure that students are receiving the correct level of support and services.   A critical part of parenting a child with a disability is assembling the proper team of people and experts around you to address your needs and the needs of your entire family. We are here to assist you with information, consultation, to attend meetings and mediation, provide resources, and if necessary, litigation.

 

For More Information

Litigation: Accommodations for High Stakes Testing

Department of Fair Employment & Housing and the United States of America v. Law School Admission Council, Inc. (LSAC) – Consent Decree
DFEH v. LSAC Notice & Compensation Fund Information – The Compensation Fund Claims Period has begun and will close March 18, 2015