From identification to placement, EdLaw New England Law is dedicated to guiding parents of children with special needs through every aspect of the special education process in New Hampshire and Vermont.

We help parents in the identification process by finding appropriate evaluators; explaining the meaning and implication of reports; reviewing all documentation relevant to the child; referring parent to appropriate providers, schools and programs; and most importantly settling or litigating for funding or reimbursement of school/program tuition.

Our knowledge is extensive from Early Intervention to Post High School options.  We maintain close relationships with the premier professionals in the field of child development, autism, learning disabilities and mental health.

Our success rate is unparalleled at the New Hampshire Department of Education, Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals and Vermont Agency of Education, Impartial Due Process Hearing or Mediation level, where we represent every child as though they were our own.

Our team of lawyers are accessible to their clients, responsive to their concerns and available to answer questions and explain the process.  In addition to individual representation at Impartial Hearings at NH DOE, MA BSEA and VT AOE we do file suit and appeals in State and Federal Court.

Our team processes reimbursement claims as promptly as possible and we maintain a sophisticated computer tracking system for archiving materials and processing payments.

We work with the parents of children ranging in age from newborn through twenty-one.  “Our children” have a variety of diagnoses and classifications, all of which impact on their development and educational opportunities.  Our children come from loving homes where their parents are closely involved in their education and lives, willing to make sacrifices in order to achieve the kind of quality services and programs that will promote their child reaching his or her potential.

SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN DIAGNOSES AND CONDITIONS

“Our Children” can have any number of diagnoses or conditions, these can include: ADD and ADHD; Apraxia; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Asperger Syndrome; Pervasive Developmental Disorder; Emotional Disturbance; Bi-Polar Disorder; Depression; Mood Disorder; Oppositional Defiant Disorder;  Deafness and Hearing Impairments; Speech and Language Disorders; Central Auditory Processing Disorder; Dyslexia; Learning Disabilities; Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities; Executive Functioning Disorders; Genetic Disorders; Fragile X Syndrome; Sensory Integration Disorder; Traumatic Brain Injury; Cancer; Brain Tumors; Tourette Syndrome;  Schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

If a child has an IEP, the classifications recognized in New Hampshire and Vermont are:  Autism; Deafness; Deaf-blindness; Emotional Disturbance (ED); Hearing impairment; Learning Disability (LD); Mental retardation; Multiple disabilities; Orthopedic impairment; Other health-impairment (OHI); Speech or Language Impairment; Traumatic Brain Injury; Visual Impairment Including Blindness.

WHEN TO SEEK ADVICE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION

Some parents seek our advice and services at the beginning of their child’s entry into special education, this would be at either the early intervention level or at the pre-school level.  Other parents need our services for their school age child, when he or she is not succeeding in general education.  That usually occurs by the time a child is in second or third grade, and the academic challenges become pronounced.  And, some parents, particularly those with adolescent children, find us when emotional problems severely impact on their child’s overall functioning and they are considering a residential school or treatment center placement.  At whatever point in their child’s life, when parents need us we are there, we can arrange an initial appointment within days of your initial call.

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Some parents seek our advice and services at the beginning of their child’s entry into special education, this would be at either the early intervention level or at the pre-school level.  Other parents need our services for their school age child, when he or she is not succeeding in general education.  That usually occurs by the time a child is in second or third grade, and the academic challenges become pronounced.  And, some parents, particularly those with adolescent children, find us when emotional problems severely impact on their child’s overall functioning and they are considering a residential school or treatment center placement.  At whatever point in their child’s life, when parents need us we are there, we can arrange an initial appointment within days of your initial call.

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OUR AREAS OF SERVICE

Evaluations

EdLaw makes sure that students referred for special education services receive a nondiscriminatory multi-factored evaluation

IEP Development

IEPs must be appropriate and have the right supports and services.

Eligibility For Services

EdLaw identifies reviews and guides parents through the eligibility determination process.

Section 504

This important civil rights law can provide educational benefits to kids with learning disabilities and/or ADHD in public schools.

Mediation

EdLaw provides thoughtful representation to clients in preparation and during mediation in advance of due process hearings with school districts.

Discrimination

If your child has experienced unlawful discrimination, we may be able to help you do something about it.

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