Most families who seek a special education advocate or attorney do so out of frustration with their childâ€™s program. Often the problems theyâ€™re facing have developed over months or even years.
If you are the parent of a special needs child, having the right advocate-attorney who understands your childâ€™s needs will help put your child back on the track to success.
Special Education Advocate-Attorney: Thomas S. Nelson
As a practicing attorney for over 25 years, Thomas S. Nelson takes great pride in helping special needs children. Thomas is a two-time recipient of an award for his pro-bono legal services on behalf of special needs children. As an active member in the disability community, Thomas sponsors free educational seminars and community events for parents. He has presented to such disability groups as the Learning Disabilities Association, CHADD, International Dyslexia Foundation, Epilepsy Foundation, Spina Bifida Foundation, Walden Family Services, and the Center for Parent Involvement in Education. Thomas also brings his expertise and years of experience as an advocate-attorney to the table to ensure that each child he represents receives the program she needs to reach her potential.
We Play a Supporting Role in Your Childâ€™s Education
Special education is a team effort. As a parent, youâ€™re the expert. Under the Individuals with disabilities education act (IDEA), youâ€™re an equal member of the IEP team. Our job is to get the school district to listen to you and recognize your childâ€™s needs. We believe that collaboration is the best way to bring lasting change and improvement to your child's educational program.
A successful strategy also depends on remaining positive, staying objective, rising above emotion, and focusing on the goal. Itâ€™s important to have an affordable advocate-attorney that is mindful of your specific objectives.
We work with parents at every stage in the process
As part of your team, we will make sure that your childâ€™s education stays on track. Our philosophy is early resolution: The quicker a dispute is resolved, the faster the benefits reach your child.
We offer advocacy services at discounted rates. But if a dispute arises, we possess the skill, knowledge and expertise to address the more complicated legal issues under the IDEA. For example, we can attend an IEP meeting as an advocate, but if the district fails to offer needed services, we can step in the role of an attorney and file for due process to resolve the dispute. Although we strive to resolve issues amicably, we believe that our ability to initiate a due process complaint makes it more likely that the school district will quickly provide the services necessary to meet your childâ€™s needs.
A Free IEP Evaluation Provides Valuable Insight
Because of the "Attorney Fee Recovery" provision of the IDEA, we often work with clients on limited incomes. Before concluding that you are unable to afford an attorney, call for a free evaluation. This is an opportunity for you to discuss the issues youâ€™re having, ask questions, and obtain a legal opinion. Knowing your child's rights allows you the ability to direct the next step. Weâ€™re here for you!