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focused exclusively on the special education rights of students.

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Our special education law firm exclusively represents parents and children.

Special education law guarantees students a free appropriate public education.

Work with a special education lawyer dedicated to serving Texas parents and children in special education matters.

More than one million students in the United States receive special education services, and all of those students are guaranteed a free appropriate public education.

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However, over the past decade more than 96% of Texas school districts have cut special education services.  School districts in Texas have illegally denied thousands of children help (read more).

If your child has a disability and requires support or services because of that disability, the law mandates that your school district provide special education services and programming.

A special education lawyer with Shields Law Firm, PLLC will help navigate the complex and emotionally charged Texas special education system.

We work to get the services and support your child needs, from eligibility determinations, evaluations, and IEP services to disciplinary proceedings and litigation against the school.

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Has the school refused or ignored your child's need for special education services?

If there is reason to suspect that your child has a disability, your school district has a duty under the Individuals with Disabilities Act to identify, locate, and evaluate your child.

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Your school district has an affirmative obligation, known as Child Find, to evaluate any student that is suspected of having a disability.  Special education law does not require a request by the parent to evaluate.

However, even where a school has evaluated a student, a parent still has the right to disagree with that evaluation and ask for a second opinion.  This second evaluation, or independent educational evaluation, is paid for by the school.

If the school has failed to evaluate your child or has evaluated your child but you believe the evaluation is somehow flawed, talk with a special education lawyer to see how our firm can help.

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Is your school not providing IEP services or failing to follow your child's IEP?

Your child’s school district must ensure that all required components of your child’s IEP are implemented.  
At the beginning of each school year, the IEP and the services and programing that it prescribes must be in effect.

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Your school must ensure that your child’s IEP is accessible to every regular education teacher, special education teacher, related services provider, and any other service provider who is responsible for its implementation.

Each teacher must be informed of his or her specific responsibilities related to the IEP and the specific accommodations, modifications, and supports that must be provided per the IEP.

If your school has failed to implement necessary services or programing per your child’s IEP, a special education lawyer at our firm can help. 

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Is your child's school failing to appropriately deal with behavior issues?

The law requires that your school district appropriately address the behavior of any child with a disability that impedes his or her learning or the learning of others.

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Your child’s ARD committee should consider the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports, and other strategies, to deal with behavior problems.  This requirement applies regardless of your child’s disability.

If you child already has a behavior plan or other IEP behavioral supports but they are not working, the ARD committee should meet to consider new or modified services.  

If your child’s behavior (including student code of conduct violations, classroom disruptions, disciplinary removals, or other exclusionary measures) is getting in the way of school and your child’s ability to receive a free appropriate public education, we can help.  Talk with a special education lawyer today. 

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Has your child regressed or failed to make meaningful progress at school?

Your child should have an IEP that is reasonably calculated to enable him or her to make progress that is appropriate in light of his or her circumstances. 

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If your child fails to make progress within a reasonable period of time, your school district should hold an ARD committee meeting to address the lack of progress.

Your school district may be in violation of special education law if they are failing to address your child’s inadequate progress or ineffective services.

If your child is not making meaningful progress in an area of need, we can help.  Talk with a special education lawyer today. 

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We help students obtain the supports and educational placement they need.

Read the full report by the U.S. Department of Education » » »

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Special education law questions

No, you can fight the school district by yourself, but a Texas special education lawyer can make a big difference. You may want to work with a lawyer because of the complex nature of special education law and the often emotionally charged nature of the process.

A child is eligible for special education services if that child has:

    • an intellectual disability,
    • a hearing impairment, including deafness,
    • a speech or language impairment,
    • a visual impairment, including blindness,
    • a serious emotional disturbance,
    • an orthopedic impairment,
    • autism,
    • traumatic brain injury,
    • an other health impairment,
    • a specific learning disability, including a perceptual disability, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia,
    • deaf-blindness,
    • or multiple disabilities.
And the child needs a special program, services or other accommodation because of that disability.

Yes. The Individuals with Disabilities Act (or IDEA) guarantees free special education services to all children with disabilities.

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