IEP'S and 504

Every child is unique, possessing not only the capacity to learn but also the potential for success!

Parents of special needs children often lack awareness of their children’s rights regarding education and available services in schools. Additionally, they may experience intimidation from school staff during Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. Consequently, some parents may feel marginalized and have limited opportunities to contribute to the development of their child’s IEP.

Our firm represents children with special needs and their parents across Texas. What sets us apart is that we are not just a typical law firm handling cases for students with disabilities; we have a profound understanding of special education at a personal level.

Our founding attorney, Goz Odediran, empathizes with the emotional journey of raising a child with disabilities being a mother to an autistic child herself.

Passion drives our work here at Odediran Law Firm!

The law recognizes that parents are the ones who truly understand their children. Therefore, in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, parents are given a crucial role and are expected to contribute valuable input to their child’s IEP. Regrettably, some school districts take advantage of parents’ limited legal knowledge, providing suboptimal educational services for the child.

That’s where we come in.

If you are dissatisfied with the services or program your child’s school district provides, you have the right to pursue legal action against the school. An experienced education attorney can assist you in navigating this process and advocating for your child’s rights.

Seeking advice from a special education attorney can provide you with a clearer understanding of whether the school district is adhering to legal requirements concerning your child’s educational needs. It is important to note that many school districts have their own legal counsel to guide them in decision-making during Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. To safeguard your interests, it is recommended to refrain from attending these critical meetings without the support of your own legal counsel.

Legal Check for Special Education

To help you get started, please review the checklist below. If you answer “YES” to any of the following questions, you need legal representation from an education law attorney:

  • The school district has declined to offer specific services for your child.
  • The school district has refused to conduct essential evaluations for your child.
  • Your child has shown minimal progress despite receiving special education services.
  • The school district has resisted creating an appropriate Individualized Education Program (IEP) based on your child’s individual needs.
  • The school district has declined to provide recommended services for your child.
  • The school district has refused to implement the IEP as outlined.
  • The school district has hindered parents from meaningfully participating in the IEP development process.

It is crucial to consult with a special education attorney as we can help you navigate these challenges, understand your rights, and advocate for the best interests of your child’s education.

We recognize that you may have numerous questions about your child’s special education, and we are here to provide you with comprehensive answers. Explore Goz Odediran’s primer on special education, titled “IEP At Your Fingertips“. This resource offers a roadmap for evaluating your child’s special education needs, insights into the nuances of IEP meetings, effective strategies for parent advocacy, and more. It is designed to empower you with valuable information to navigate the complexities of your child’s special education journey.

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