Parents of disabled children often need help negotiating the legal complexities of the special education system. To ensure that disabled children receive opportunities to learn and grow, NYLAG’s Special Education Unit (SEU) offers consultation and representation to low-income families on a variety of educational issues.

SEU attorneys provide services such as individual case consultation, counseling, and direct representation to families throughout the metropolitan area. Attorneys represent disabled children at all stages of the special education process – from the initial meeting with the Committee on Special Education, to Impartial Hearings, all the way to appeals to the State Review Office or Federal Court.

Issues addressed:

  • Adequacy of child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Appropriateness of child’s school placement
  • Need for after school tutoring or other supplemental services
  • Paraprofessionals, tutoring or supplemental services
  • Assistive technology
  • Extension of services to cover a 12-month school year
  • Placement in private schools when necessary