I've written to the superintendent, the school board, and the director of special-education services, asking how they intend to fulfill my son's IEP requirements. Depending on their answer, I'm thinking of hiring an attorney. How do you go about finding a good special-education attorney?
1. The website, Wrightslaw, run by Pam and Peter Wright, offers up-to-date information about advocacy for children with disabilities. Although they do not offer endorsements of specific attorneys, they do provide information about attorneys who represent parents in these matters.
2. Attorney Lawrence Siegel's book, The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child offers a wealth of information about advocacy, including legal resources.
3. Contact the closest LD advocacy group in your community. If you go to the website for the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities, you should be able to find a local agency that will give you information about resources in your own community. In many cases, that will be a branch of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, the International Dyslexia Association, or Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders. Even if your child has not been classified as dyslexic or ADHD, these organizations can still be helpful to you. They keep tabs on attorneys who have been effective in securing appropriate accommodations for children with handicapping conditions.