As parents we may not know where to begin to get help when the education laws are broken or violated. Whether it is an IEP that is not followed, a teacher who can’t get support from a district or medical malpractice that results in children needing special education services, there are many lawyers who can help guide you.
Wrightslaw is a leading online legal advice website that focuses on education law. Their mission is to disseminate legal information about the rights of students. See their website http://www.wrightslaw.com/. There story is amazing and their mission even more. Wrightslaw began on November 9, 1993, when The Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision on Shannon Carter’s behalf in Florence County v. Shannon Carter. To learn more, read Three Generations at the Supreme Court and The Untold Story. Pete Wright is an attorney who represents children with special educational needs. Pete struggled with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADHD. His determination to help children grew out of his own educational experiences. Pam Wright is a psychotherapist who has worked with children and families since the 1970’s. Her training and experience in clinical psychology and clinical social work give her a unique perspective on parent-child-school dynamics, problems, and solutions. Pam has written extensively about raising, educating, and advocating for children with disabilities.
For younger children and birth complications another great resource for legal support is Reiter and Walsh. See below their information: The attorneys at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers focus on birth injury/newborn medical malpractice cases. Because our clients have permanent disabilities stemming from malpractice, we work tirelessly to help them obtain the funding that they need for lifelong care, therapy, special education programs, etc. Our goal is to allow our clients to focus on maximizing their children’s health, function, and quality of life without constantly worrying about money. Clients pay us nothing unless we win their case. For more information, you can contact us by calling 866-558-1595, or by filling out a contact form here: https://www.abclawcenters.com/contact-us/
For dispute resolution in special education another great group providing advocacy and expert advise is SpedEx. SpedEd is an innovative dispute-resolution pilot project, launched and funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a pilot
project. SpedEx grew out of Special Education Day discussions representing
stakeholders from across the state over the past few years. It represents the combined
efforts of the DESE, the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA), the Special
Education Day Committee (SPEDCO), and the SpedEx Planning Committee. DESE is
funding certain SpedEx pilot activities for four (4) years. See link here http://www.cadreworks.org/sites/default/files/resources/FreedmanBreakoutSpedExResolvingDisputes_0.pdf.
If you want to see if you can submit your case please visit this page https://sites.google.com/a/bc.edu/spedexresolution/
Professor Claudia Rinaldi is the Chair of the Education Program at Lasell University. Her areas of research are the implementation of the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) framework in urban settings with English learners, teacher education in bilingual special education, and diversifying the teacher pipeline. Claudia has authored peer-reviewed publications and a book for educators called Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers. She lead and developed a graduate certificate program in Teaching Bilingual Students with Disabilities for general, ESL and special education teachers geared towards applying research-informed practices to the questions and processes of identifying whether it is a language difference or a learning disability. Claudia developed a college mentoring program called Pathways to Teacher Diversity for districts and teacher education programs to partner in identifying and supporting underrepresented high school students interested in teaching careers to successfully access and persist in college. She serves in various boards including the National Center for Learning Disabilities and serves as an expert for Understood.org and the National Center for Intensive Interventions.
Professor Claudia Rinaldi believes that it is critical to prepare teacher leaders who may serve as advocates and allies and who will respond to the belief that all students can learn and succeed beyond barriers like culture, language, disability poverty, and marginalization in our country and globally.