Using an Expert as An Effective Resource
- Expert opinions are necessary in special education.
No matter how knowledgeable they are about their disabled
children, parents should rely on the opinions of trained
professionals to help them make informed decisions about
therapeutic and educational interventions.
Special Ed Battle:
Family Wins Case, Seeks Legal Fees From Monongalia Schools
- Jim and Eleanor Green spend most of their evenings
reading legal documents -- time taken away from reading
storybooks to their two children. The couple, whose 8-year-old
daughter, Julie, has Down syndrome, is embroiled in a battle
with the Monongalia County school system. The battle has cost
both parties a combined $170,000. And a lot of time and energy.
It started in spring 2002 when the Greens disagreed with school
officials, who attempted to increase Julie's time out of the
regular classroom at Mountainview Elementary from 21 percent to
60 percent. Officials said Julie (who is mildly mentally
retarded) needed a specialized environment to learn.
MA Appeals Court:
Represent Their Children in Disability Disputes - Parents
can sue on behalf of their disabled children -- without hiring a
lawyer -- to make sure their child gets an appropriate public
education, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Access and Equity in the Due Process System - Attorney
Representation and Hearing Outcomes in Illinois, 1997-2002; by
Melanie Archer, Ph.D., December 2002
Q and A
Regarding Reimbursement for Advocate Fees at Due Process
Hearings - click here.