Families with special needs children face enormous challenges in all aspects of life.  They worry and fret about many things including medical care for their child, the child’s social bonding with friends and family, and the child’s future just to name a few.  The last thing they should have to worry about is the education their child receives at school.  Yet, many school districts try to educate special needs children using a template that simply does not fit the child’s specific needs.

The Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2007 (“IDEA”) is the law of the land.  It is a federal statute which governs the education of all children with disabilities who qualify for its protections.  It does not allow for a school district to “cubbyhole” a child into whatever services it has available.  The law mandates that a specific and individual education plan be formulated to educate the disabled child based upon the specific and particular needs of that child.  The plan must allow the child to receive a meaningful benefit from his education.  In this way, the special needs child can begin learning the skills necessary to ultimately integrate into the social fabric of our world.

Sadly, however, most parents of special needs children are completely unaware of the protections afforded their child by federal law, and their children are simply pushed through the school system, often with little benefit.  A good attorney seasoned in this field can provide excellent assistance in this area.  Remember, if YOU don’t stand up and fight for your child…….NOBODY ELSE WILL!

special_ed_2_webMr. Ramirez has served as a Special Education Hearing Officer and Mediator handling special education cases for the State of Texas from 2004 – 2010.  During that time, he presided over Due Process Hearings and wrote decisions in disputes between parents and school districts over the provisions of IDEA04.  (To read some of Mr. Ramirez’s decisions, please refer to the Texas Education Agency’s website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=6728 and click on the “Due Process Hearing Decisions” link for whichever year you like.)  He has been representing parents in this area since 2010.

Mr. Ramirez is, and has been, a trial lawyer since 1993, and has extensive experience trying cases before judges and juries.  This trial experience coupled with his background in special education law makes Mr. Ramirez uniquely qualified to effectively and aggressively handle special education cases.  No matter the disability of your child, Mr. Ramirez can help obtain the education your child needs and deserves.

Obviously, all legal cases cost money, and these cases are no exception.  However, in most cases Mr. Ramirez will work with the family to establish a payment plan suitable for everyone.

Call Mr. Ramirez to discuss the specific facts about your case.  There is no charge for the initial consultation.