Special Education Law

Providing for a child with special needs and ensuring they receive a quality education can be an overwhelming responsibility. Unfortunately, educators and schools can fail children with special needs and prevent them from getting the help they need. At Robinson & Clapham, we have over 75 years of combined experience working with parents, teachers, school administrators and districts and protecting the rights of special needs children. We will advocate for your child and be their voice from day one as our client.

What Laws Protect Kids With Special Needs In The School System?

Students with learning disabilities and other special educational needs are protected by both state and federal laws that provide access to a free public education. Additionally, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that reasonable accommodations be provided for those with disabilities. By taking time to get to know your child and his or her specific needs, we can help you pursue the appropriate education your child needs. It's also important to note that students with both intellectual and/or physical disabilities are protected by the law.

We Will Help You To Interpret And Challenge An IEP

At the K-12 level, the school will determine whether your child qualifies for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). As a parent, you have a right to give input on this plan. If, at any stage, you do not feel that the school is accommodating your child as required by law, our team of lawyers can step in and help. If your child has completed elementary or high school, the right to reasonable accommodations continues at the secondary or college level in some circumstances.

We Will Go The Extra Mile To Protect Your Child's Rights

If you do not believe that your child is getting the help he or she needs at their Rhode Island school, we want to help you take meaningful action. Our attorneys can attend an IEP meeting with you, review whether the school is meeting its obligations and represent you during a due process hearing. To schedule a consultation at our Providence or Wakefield law offices, call 401-400-3841 or 401-594-4365. You can also reach us via email by submitting an online contact form.