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Numerous state and federal laws have been enacted to preserve the rights of all children to obtain a good education. Government agencies and advocacy groups are dedicated to ensuring these laws are upheld and protecting the interests of children with disabilities. EVERY child deserves the right to a quality education and the chance to live fully to the best of their potential. If your child is living with cerebral palsy, a qualified cerebral palsy lawyer can familiarize you with their legal rights and help ensure that your child is receiving the education and care they deserve.
Laws Pertaining to Your Child’s Education
IDEA: Individual’s With Disabilities Education Act
The Individual’s With Disabilities Education Act was passed by Congress in 1975 to ensure quality public education for those suffering from disabilities such as cerebral palsy. This law protects your child by providing government-funded educational services for children with disabilities from birth to the age of 21. IDEA was designed to strengthen academic quality and accountability for the 5.8 million children in the United States who have disabilities.
The IDEA Act promotes the collaboration of families and government agencies to implement an education and development plan for the child in their present environment. This plan is called the Individualized Family Services Plan.
At the age of three, the IDEA Act also provides for the development of an Individualized Education Program or IEP. To learn more about establishing an IEP for your child.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and FAPE
If your child does not qualify for disability protection under the IDEA Act, a 504 Plan may be developed. The 504 Section of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 affords protection and federally funded programs and activities for those living with disabilities.
FAPE or the Free Appropriate Public Education section of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ensures that all children, including those with disabilities receive a quality free education that is suitable to their needs. Your child DOES NOT have to qualify under the IDEA Act to be eligible for FAPE.
No Child Left Behind
The No Child Left Behind Act, designed to ensure quality, accountable and flexible education for children, protects the interests of children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy. No Child Left Behind was designed to guarantee that children receiving public school education are learning from skilled educators in an environment conducive to the growth and development of every student.
No Child Left Behind requires that school-aged children with disabilities are continually encouraged to learn and grow within their means. This Act also ensures that parents will be able to actively monitor their child’s progress in school.
Children living with the limitations of cerebral palsy have the legal right to an education that encourages continual progress and betterment.
An experienced cerebral palsy lawyer can be a tremendous help in acquainting you with the laws that affect your child. Every state has government agencies, laws, special educators, community programs and other organizations that are dedicated to the protection and educational growth of children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Your child deserves and is entitled to a quality education.
Please contact us to speak with a qualified cerebral palsy attorney to learn more about your legal rights and options. We are happy to offer a free legal consultation regarding your child’s case.