Families with special needs children already face substantial financial pressure to manage at-home care. Unfortunately, school districts often exacerbate this pressure by failing to provide the special education support that disabled children are entitled to. When that happens, the best thing that parents can do is seek educational advocacy.
Do You Know Your Rights?
If your child has a developmental disability, California public schools are required to hold an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team meeting with you. At this meeting, they are supposed to work together with you to assess your child’s needs and determine what extra educational resources they will provide. The schools are legally required to provide these resources.
Parents often find it impossible to challenge these decisions on their own. Schools are not fined for failing to provide this support, so they will often turn down parent requests in order to save money. This can mean no tutoring, no specialized classes for your child, and no direct contact with educators specially trained to work with disabled children. Developmentally disabled children who lack these resources have a significant disadvantage at later success in life.
Some parents seek to provide these resources on their own, but hiring your own special needs education team or opting for private school can costs tens of thousands of dollars per year. This is cost most parents cannot bear, and shouldn’t have to.
How Educational Advocacy Works
School districts know what they are required to provide, but they also know that if they say no, the majority of parents will not fight the decision or they won’t know how. That’s where an educational advocate organization like American Advocacy Group comes in.
As your advocate, AAG will help you create an IEP that will maximize your child’s learning outcomes. We can research appropriate services for your child and attend IEP meetings for you. Most importantly, we know the laws and will make sure your IEP team and school district are performing their duties. If needed we can file for hearings and represent you at those hearings.
If you have a special needs child, don’t miss out on your legal right to a proper education. Contact AAG for a
free consultation about educational advocacy for your child.