Tenacious, Experienced Education Law Representation
At The Law Offices Of Gerry McMahon, LLC, I have more than 35 years of experience as a litigator. Through my record of delivering positive results, I have earned respect and trust of many families and professionals in Connecticut and New York and have become one of the most sought-after special education attorneys of families in and around Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York.
I inform you of your available options, discuss those options with you, and then develop a strategy designed to achieve the outcome we have agreed to pursue. I am your attorney, but I employ the “it takes a village” approach to achieve positive outcomes. My “village” is my law firm team. My team includes paralegals and legal assistants working under my direct supervision. I also employ contract attorneys with whom I have a long and trusted history as needed to work with me and my team.
I implemented this team approach to help my families achieve their sought-after results at a less onerous cost. Retaining any law firm to represent you is a daunting financial commitment. I can help you conserve your resources by working as a team to manage the cost. My team members are dedicated, highly-motivated individuals who keep the focus where it belongs- on your child’s education. At every step, I will provide you with cohesive information, so you feel empowered to make the best decisions for your child.
What To Know About Special Education Law
There are many state and federal laws to protect your children. There are two major laws pertaining to children’s education. The Civil Rights Act ensures that children with disabilities are treated as equal to other children and are entitled to equal access. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide an individualized education plan (IEP) for children with disabilities that allows them to make educational progress. To meet their obligation, school districts must implement your child’s IEP with fidelity in their day-to-day school experience.
IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – How Do They Differ?
IDEA is an education act that guarantees special education and related services to eligible children with disabilities. IDEA requires school districts to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for eligible students. An IEP is a contract between the school district and the parents where the school district agrees to provide specialized education services and supports tailored to meet your child’s unique education needs. The law provides you, as parents, with important legal rights and the school district with important legal obligations.
SECTION 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a civil rights law to protect your child’s right to an education comparable to that provided to students without disabilities. Its definition of a qualified disability is different from the IDEA’s definition. Section 504 provides parents and students with fewer rights than those rights protected by the IDEA.
Talk To An Experienced Education Attorney Today
If you are considering hiring a lawyer to advocate for your child’s educational rights, My team and I are ready to assist you. Contact my Greenwich office to schedule your free one-hour consultation. To reach me, please call 203-942-2430 or send me an email.