Special Education/School Law

At Yee & Associates, it is our mission to protect the interests of children at school.  In addition to defending the rights of students who may be facing a suspension or expulsion from school, we also defend the rights of those students who bring a unique learning style to the classroom and who are often our country’s brightest and most imaginative learners.  To that end, we help parents advocate for special education services to ensure their children receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Whether your child has learning differences, mental health needs, cognitive limitations, or autism, obtaining a truly individualized education plan (IEP) with appropriate special education services is critical to his or her well-being.

We represent parents and children in a broad range of issues related to special education, including:

IEP meetings:

We meet with school officials to help you set up an IEP tailored to the needs of your child. If conflicts arise during the course of preparing an IEP, we will handle all mediation proceedings. If mediation is unsuccessful, we will seek to protect your child’s rights through a due process hearing or a 504 hearing.

Due process hearings:

If you are not able to come to an agreement regarding an IEP or other placement issues with your school district, we will represent you in a due process hearing to enforce your rights.

504 hearings:  

We will also represent you in section 504 hearings under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These hearings protect the rights of individuals with disabilities and are often used when a child does not qualify for an IEP, but needs some accommodation (such as “extended time” for testing).  We also handle issues involving busing for students in special education programs, including the distance traveled by, cost and size of buses involved.

In addition, in the event protecting your child’s interests requires further action, we will protect those interests in court.

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