Between 1986 and 1996, the number of students with learning disabilities (LDs) who were educated in regular classrooms increased by nearly 20 percent. Students who have learning disabilities may exhibit a wide range of traits, including problems with reading comprehension, spoken language, writing or reasoning ability. Hyperactivity, inattention and perceptual coordination problems may also be associated with learning disabilities.

Other traits that may be present include a variety of symptoms, such as uneven and unpredictable test performance, perceptual impairments, motor disorders, and behaviors such as impulsiveness, low tolerance for frustration and problems in handling day-to-day social interactions and situations.

LD children are often in public and private school settings and need special accommodations. Their needs are not always met.

New York Educational Rights Lawyers

Public schools and school systems nationwide must abide by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. Section 504 prohibits recipients of federal funds from discriminating on the basis of disability. Title II of the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in state and local government services by state and local governmental entities, whether or not they receive federal funds. This includes public school districts.

Virtually all public school systems receive federal funds, and public education is a government service. Both statutes require school districts to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities protected by those laws.

About The IDEA

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has changed the lives of many children once thought to be uneducable. Many are learning and achieving at levels previously thought impossible. As a result, they are graduating from high school, going to college and entering the workforce to lead productive lives. Our firm supports educational initiatives that provide opportunities for all.

Claims that arise in the education setting require knowledge in a wide variety of practice areas ranging from constitutional law to business and employment law. At Cox Padmore Skolnik & Shakarchy, our education rights attorneys can represent students and their parents in special education.

Contact Our Lawyers

If your child's educational needs are not being met, schedule a consultation with the learning disabilities lawyers at Cox Padmore Skolnik & Shakarchy. In New York City, call 917-512-4332; you can reach us toll free from anywhere at 866-716-3813.

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