Special Needs Education
All children deserve to have equal access to free, quality education. Unfortunately, however, some children with disabilities and special needs are not being given this opportunity. Few lawyers are willing to take on these complex cases, which involve legal questions in the areas of civil rights, education, and disability law at both the state and federal level. At The Sadler Law Office, Derry Dale Sadler believes that all children in Colorado deserve this equal access, and he has committed much of his time to fighting for children who are not being given the opportunities they deserve.
State Due Process Laws
Parents in Colorado who believe their children are being denied access to education can file a complaint with the Colorado State Board of Education and the Colorado Department of Education. While legal action is a last resort, it is necessary in certain cases, and Mr. Sadler is highly experienced in handling these complex matters. At the state level, the equal access to education is a due process issue. This means that school districts must administer and apply the rules fairly to everyone.
Federal Laws Providing Access to Education
Under The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), children with disabilities and special needs have the right to a “free appropriate public education.” IDEA also strives to provide special education services and procedural safeguards. Additionally, these special education services must be customized for every student according to an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Normally, the 11th Amendment gives states immunity from lawsuits, but states are not immune to lawsuits under IDEA. IDEA applies to children between the ages of three and 21 who have certain disabilities and, because of this disability, require special education. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 also serves to protect the rights of those with qualifying disabilities.
Section 1983 of the United States Code is one of the most important pieces of federal civil rights legislation. It gives individuals the right to sue an entity if they believe their civil rights are being violated. Mr. Sadler is highly skilled in litigating these claims in federal court in Colorado on behalf of children whose civil rights are being violated because they are not being given access to education that fits their needs.
Seek Committed Legal Counsel
If you are a parent of a child with special needs and believe he or she does not have access to free, quality education, Mr. Sadler is one of the few attorneys who have the knowledge and experience to handle these types of cases, and he is here to help. Faith based schools are also invited to call to see how you can also provide special education opportunities by taking advantage of current laws. For a free initial consultation regarding your child’s right to education, contact The Sadler Law Office today.