Federal law ensures that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Education Act of 2004 (IDEA), a student with a disability is eligible for special education services if the disability adversely affects the student’s education and the student needs special education. Special education services are outlined in an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Children who do not qualify for special education under IDEA may still qualify for services and accommodations through Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 504 prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in programs receiving federal funds, such as public schools.
Families with a child who needs special education services, or who has other challenges at school, should contact Vogel Law Firm to level the playing field with the school and obtain legally required services.