IEP Disputes Lawyer Cherry Hill, NJ
New Jersey Special Needs Attorney Representing Clients in School District IEP Disputes in Camden County, Burlington County, and Mercer County, NJ
Here at Posternock Apell, PC, we assist clients in securing appropriate and adequate special needs education services for their disabled children — whether their kids are suffering from development deficits, physical disabilities, or other conditions that make it more difficult to learn under the standard curriculum/program. Children who qualify for individualized education programs (IEPs) are protected by law and may have a right of action against the school district for failure to provide an adequate program that is tailored to their needs.
If you need assistance with an IEP dispute in New Jersey, the experienced special education lawyers at Posternock Apell, PC can help. Contact us today.
What Is an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?
In New Jersey, and elsewhere, special needs children must be provided with an individualized education program (IEP) that is tailored to their particular disabilities. For example, if your child has a developmental disability relating to their ability to read, they may need an aide in class who can read longer assignments to them so that they can “keep up” during a live teaching session.
IEPs are fluid programs that are meant to be expanded upon so that they can be more effectively personalized to the needs of each child. If an IEP is not having a positive influence on the special needs child, then the IEP may have to be altered. School districts that refuse to implement an IEP for your child — or that fail to modify an IEP to make it work “better” for your child — can be forced to comply, depending on the circumstances.
Common Issues in New Jersey IEP Disputes
There are a number of factors that commonly give rise to an IEP dispute in New Jersey, including the following:
- Child’s disability has not been evaluated in some time.
- IEP has not been evaluated in some time.
- Disagreements over the evaluation.
- Less restrictive IEP options are possible.
- Lack of a transition plan.
- Special needs aide has not been provided.
- Future education and employment have not been fully considered (i.e., university options, career plans, etc.).
- Child is making slower progress than expected, given their disabilities.
- And more.
In the special needs context, parents must remain vigilant as to their child’s progress and as to whether the IEP is actually beneficial. Sometimes, what may begin as an “appropriate” plan is no longer adequate years down the line. As such, parents should make their concerns clear and known to the school district team, and they should advocate for a change when necessary.
Request an Appointment with an Experienced New Jersey Special Needs Attorney About Your IEP Matter in Bordentown, NJ
If your child has special education needs that are not being met by their currently applicable IEP (established by the school district), then you may be entitled to challenge the program implementation and make recommendations of your own to ensure that the IEP is appropriate and adequate for your child’s needs.
Here at Posternock Apell, PC, our attorneys have over 200 years of combined experience representing clients in a range of litigation, including disputes that involve education and special needs issues. We are deeply committed to the provision of legal support through the lifetime of a special needs dispute — not just a singular event, but at every stage of your child’s educational career — and we utilize a comprehensive set of legal advocacy tools, from collaborating with experts to develop a more appropriate IEP, to negotiating a favorable resolution in mediation. We always strive to secure positive results for our clients.
Ready to learn more? Call (856) 209-0200 or submit an online message to request an appointment with an experienced New Jersey IEP disputes attorney at Posternock Apell, PC today. We represent clients in special education matters throughout Camden County and Burlington County, NJ, including Cherry Hill, Camden, Bordentown, and Mount Laurel, NJ. The initial consultation is free and comes with no obligation. We have an office located at 400 North Church St. Suite 250, Moorestown, NJ 08057, in addition to offices located in Browns Mills and Philadelphia, PA.