How To Navigate The Process

Parents who don't know much about special education may be surprised to learn of the myriad number of rules and regulations they may face. Having an attorney from The Law Offices of Gerry McMahon, LLC, to assist you through the process can provide some peace of mind for hearings and meetings that can go a long way toward shaping your child's education and development.

It is important to realize that it's not just children in school who need assistance in planning. Individuals older than 18 often still require help after they emerge from the public school system in such areas as employment, independent living and post-secondary education.

Special Education Law FAQ

When do the laws apply to my child?

Children with disabilities, and their parents, are entitled to certain protections under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA 2004) and certain additional federal and state laws beginning at birth. Birth to Three is covered by one section of IDEA 2004. School age children (identified as ages 3-21) are covered by another section of IDEA. Under IDEA, school age children are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). In general, the earlier that children receive the services and support they need, the more likely they are to make educational progress commensurate with the abilities.

What services can an attorney provide?

Aside from acting as a legal representative, a lawyer can review your child's files, offer recommendations and evaluate your options for schooling. Our firm can also litigate your case in federal or state court and appeal it as necessary on behalf of your child.

Can I do it on my own?

You are not required to have an attorney to meet with school officials about your child's education. However, many people choose to be represented to make sure all their legal bases are covered.

Contact our lawyers today to schedule an appointment and discuss your situation. Our offices are conveniently located in Scarsdale, New York, and Danbury, Connecticut. We can be reached toll free at 866-535-4604 or online via this website's contact form.