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

Prioritizing the Special Education Needs of Students

When you have a child with special needs, you rely on support from a variety of professionals outside your family circle. Educators, doctors, and therapists play crucial roles in helping your child navigate disabilities and social challenges. Access to formal education and interaction with peers of the same age are pivotal for their development.

That’s why the creation of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) holds such significance for special needs children in public schools. These plans establish specific objectives tailored to the child’s current capabilities and necessitate regular updates to address issues and monitor progress.

Few things are as disheartening as seeing your child overlooked, mistreated, or excluded in what should be a nurturing social environment. Sadly, many special needs children experience daily disappointments due to teacher and school shortcomings. Your family deserves meaningful support from the educational system.

If you find that your local school district has neglected or mistreated your child, it’s essential to take action. If the school fails to address your concerns or grievances, seeking assistance from a qualified special education attorney becomes necessary. Both you and your child deserve an advocate who will champion better treatment and improved access to education.

Your Child’s Special Education Rights

Regardless of the medical or developmental challenges your child faces, every family deserves the opportunity to ensure public schools meet their needs. Federal laws are in place to safeguard the educational rights of special needs children. It is crucial for your child’s school to collaborate with you to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that effectively addresses their requirements and provides appropriate challenges without unnecessary struggles.

Regrettably, many special needs children are neglected, directed towards underfunded or unsuitable programs, or subjected to mistreatment and abuse by the very educators meant to support them. The law guarantees your child a free and suitable education, irrespective of their disabilities. Yet, numerous children in Connecticut are not receiving the support they require. It is evident that certain school districts in Connecticut have a history of violating the legal rights of special needs children and their families.

At times, schools resort to expelling these children rather than offering necessary assistance. In other cases, inadequate support from schools may result in a child being held back academically and socially, failing to achieve appropriate educational progress.

You and your child deserve more. Your child with special needs has the right to receive support from local schools to ensure a positive and healthy educational experience. If your school is unwilling to provide the necessary support or accommodations, legal action may be necessary.

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.