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If you have questions regarding your child’s education rights, contact one of our attorneys at (203) 221-3100.

Ensure Your Child Gets the Education They Need

If you have a child with special needs, finding the right school that aligns with their talents, strengths, and learning challenges can be challenging. Every parent’s primary objective is to ensure their child receives the best possible education and doesn’t fall behind. It’s important to provide appropriate challenges without overwhelming the child to the point where educational progress becomes unattainable.

Like many parents of special needs children, you might be exploring numerous options and feeling overwhelmed. You’re likely wondering which educational opportunity would best suit your child’s needs. Thankfully, you’re not alone. The IDEA program exists to support your child in receiving the quality education they deserve.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law designed as a funding mechanism, mandating that individual states establish policies ensuring children with disabilities have free access to public education. States adhering to IDEA guidelines qualify for federal funding to support the education of these children.

A key tenet of IDEA is the requirement for states to formulate personalized education plans for each child with disabilities. These plans outline the child’s current educational situation and future objectives for achievement. States must annually review and adjust these educational plans for every child. Additionally, IDEA grants parents the right to provide consent and input into the chosen educational program.

Free and Appropriate Education

For parents, one of IDEA’s crucial aspects is its commitment to providing children with special needs access to free and suitable education. IDEA ensures that the government funds education and related services for children with special needs, tailored to meet their unique individual requirements across all educational levels—preschool, elementary school, and secondary school.

Maya Murphy P.C. has proudly been included in the 2024 Edition of Best Law Firms®, ranked among the top firms in the nation. In addition, Managing Partner Joseph C. Maya has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for his work in Employment Law and Education Law in Connecticut. Recognition in Best Lawyers® is awarded to firms and attorneys who demonstrate excellence in the industry and is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor.

Our firm in Westport, Connecticut serves clients with legal assistance all over the state, including the towns of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Bethel, Branford, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Cheshire, Danbury, Darien, Derby, East Haven, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Middlebury, Milford, Monroe, Naugatuck, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Haven, Newton, North Branford, North Haven, Norwalk, Orange, Oxford, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Seymour, Shelton, Sherman, Southbury, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Haven, Weston, Westport, Wilton, and Woodbridge. In addition to assisting clients in Connecticut, our firm handles education law matters in New York as well.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to an attorney about a legal matter, please contact Joseph C. Maya and the other experienced attorneys at Maya Murphy, P.C. at (203) 221-3100 or JMaya@Mayalaw.com to schedule a free initial consultation today.