Did you know that 2.8 million children in the U.S. have disabilities? If your child has special needs, you’re probably familiar with the services and accommodations that their school provides for them. However, you may not understand your rights and responsibilities regarding special needs law in Georgia. While this parents’ guide isn’t comprehensive, it can provide you with a basic understanding of your rights.
You have the right to look at your child’s education records, and you’re able to request that information is changed or removed if you don’t feel that it should have been included. You can also add any comments or data to your child’s record. If you want a copy of this record, be sure to ask the school district.
Least Restrictive Environment
This portion of the special needs law states that your child has the right to be taught in classrooms and participate in activities with other children who don’t have disabilities. If you think that your child isn’t being treated fairly, school district personnel are required to make accommodations so that your child is included in all programs and activities.
Mediation, Complaints and Hearings
If you disagree with the school’s accommodations for your child, you have the right to ask for mediation or a due process hearing. Keep in mind that the school district can also ask for mediation or a hearing. If you request a due process hearing, you’ll be able to participate in a resolution session beforehand in which you discuss issues with the school district to avoid a due process hearing. You can also file a formal written complaint with the Georgia Department of Education, in which an investigation will be conducted pertaining to any concerns or disagreements.
If you ever have any concerns about your child’s education, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. At O’Driscoll Keller, our team of trained professionals can help you find legal solutions to any problems that you’re facing. Call O’Driscoll Keller today to learn more about special needs law.