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 Article of Interest - Evaluation/Due Process

Factors to Consider when Selecting an Expert
by Rosemary N. Palmer, Esq. for Harbor House Law <>
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Although evaluators and their reports are essential to successful advocacy, evaluators are rarely selected with the goal of making advocacy and/or litigation more effective, easier, or less costly. [1]

When parents choose individuals to evaluate their child, many factors influence the decision-making process - convenience, license or credentials, reputation, insurance issues, office location, referral from a health care provider, recommendation by a friend, family or school employee - unfortunately, even ads in the yellow pages.

A professional license does not guarantee competence. How should parents approach the task of finding competent experts?

Your task is to find an evaluator or evaluators who are knowledgeable about the child's disability. Evaluators work in the private sector, university medical centers, children's hospitals, and child development centers.

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