Helping Families And Children With Special Needs

Gerry McMahonSorting through the laws that affect children's rights regarding special education can be difficult. At the federal level, a patchwork of laws and regulations can easily overwhelm parents who are not familiar with all the relevant statutes.

State laws, as well, can further confound the process. The regulations in New York and Connecticut, for example, are quite different from each other - meaning that where you live can have a big influence on how your experience will play out.

What Do I Need To Know? A Federal Law Overview.

At The Law Offices of Gerry McMahon, LLC, in Danbury, our attorneys can help you understand the federal laws as they apply to you and your child when it comes to special education services. Below are some of the laws you are likely to encounter.
Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA): IDEA establishes how states and public agencies provide services such as early intervention and special education to infants, toddlers and children with disabilities. This covers more than 6 million children across the country.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504): Section 504 is a federal law that protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability.

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II): This law protects qualified individuals from disability discrimination by state and local governmental entities, including public school districts.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): FERPA is a federal law that provides parents the right to have access to their children's education records, the right to seek to have those records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information (PII). These rights transfer to the student when he or she turns 18, with some exceptions.

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