SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, ensures: “that all children with disabilities recieve a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.” WHAT IS SPECIAL EDUCATION? Special education means instruction provided at no cost to the parent that is specially designed to meet the unique needs of a disabled child. A child is eligible to receive special education services if he or she has a qualifying disability and because of that disability needs special education and related services. As a parent, you are your child’s voice in these matters. You have the right: To request an evaluation because your child’s educational needs are not being addressed by the school To request an independent educational evaluation if you disagree with the school’s evaluation To participate meaningfully in the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that addresses your child’s unique needs To challenge a placement decision by the school GIVING EVERY CHILD A FIGHTING CHANCE At The Ramage Law Group., we help parents at every stage of their children’s education. Our lawyer helps you understand the paperwork that makes upyour child’s educational program. We help parents navigate ARD (Admission, Review and Dismissal) Committee meetings. We represent parents and children in mediation to resolve disputes with schools. We represent them indue process hearings with the Texas Education Agency when all other efforts have failed. Attorney Sharon Ramage is committed to helping you help your child. Call her at 972-562-9890 for answers to your special education law questions.