Westchester County Special Education Hearing Attorneys Serving New York
New York Special Education Impartial Hearings
You want your child to have access to an individualized and appropriate education: an education equipped to handle his or her special needs. If you are unable to negotiate a free and appropriate education with your school district, you will have to take your case to a special education impartial hearing.
The special education impartial hearing is important because it makes a record for your appeal and any kind of review that may be done in a federal court. An impartial hearing is a less formal, trial-like procedure that will include a hearing officer, witnesses who give testimony under oath, a court reporter, your lawyer and a lawyer for the school district, and exhibits that are authenticated and entered into evidence. To learn more about this process and how we can help you, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
Appeals and Other Services
You can appeal a decision made by an Impartial Hearing Officer (IHO), and that appeal is taken to a State Review Officer (SRO). Once the SRO has rendered an opinion on behalf of the Education Commissioner against you and your special needs child, you have the right to file a lawsuit in federal court to obtain de novo review. Our firm handles all legal matters related to tuition reimbursement, including:
- Impartial hearings (an administrative law hearing)
- Appeals to the Commissioner of Education
- De novo review in federal court
Special Education Due Process Hearings
If you are unable to negotiate a free and appropriate education with your school district, you will have to take your case to a special education due process hearing. You can appeal the decision of a Due Process Hearing Officer in federal court to obtain de novo review.
For all impartial and due process hearings our attorneys work with a wide range of experts, including, but not limited to, psychologists and educational evaluators. We always try to use experts who have experience testifying and can back their reports in court.
Parents also play an important role in obtaining their child’s free and appropriate education. We work closely with parents to get answers that we cannot get from a school report or information that may not always be provided by the New York State Education Department.
With so many legal levels these cases can get complicated quickly, but you do not have to go through this on your own. With offices in Katonah, we help families with special needs throughout Westchester County, Putnam County, Rockland County, Manhattan and the Bronx. We can help you through the entire process of obtaining a free and appropriate education. Contact us via email or call us at 914-232-2242 or 888-314-0722 today for more information.