Your child is entitled to a “free and appropriate public education" or FAPE, whereby the school addresses all of your child's unique needs. A school district must provide your child with an appropriate education regardless of budget cuts, what's convenient, or what's available. Too often the school district offers a "one size fits all" program that fits within their needs, but not within the unique needs of your child. Ensuring that your child’s education comes first means having the right team on your side. An effective team works cooperatively and collaboratively with the school district, using their knowledge, expertise and experience to foster quick and yet effective resolutions.
Because of the "Attorney Fee Recovery" provision of the law, we often work with clients on limited incomes. Before concluding that you are unable to afford an attorney, call us for a free evaluation. Knowing your child's rights allows you the ability to direct the next step!
As a practicing attorney for over 25 years, Thomas S. Nelson takes great pride in helping special needs children through affordable advocacy and legal services. Through his advocacy and legal representation, Mr. Nelson helps children get the services they need. With a collaborative approach, Thomas brings years of experience to the table to ensure that all of your child's needs are met so they can reach their fullest potential.
Thomas' goal is to work collaboratively with the school district. As an advocate, Thomas can review your child's records and discuss appropriate planning for your child's education. Thomas can also request assessments, including independent assessments (IEEs), that will allow your child to obtain appropriate services. Thomas can appear at IEP meetings, and advocate for appropriate programming. Through his advocacy services and planning, many conflicts that would otherwise result in a due process dispute can be averted.
When a dispute cannot be resolved, it's important to have a member on your team who is qualified to fight for your child's rights. Disputes need to be resolved quickly, as a few days can turn into months and suddenly the school year has passed. The earlier your child's program is corrected, the quicker the benefits reach your child. Thomas has extensive legal experience and knowledge and can help put your child's education back on track in the quickest manner possible!
Thomas offers free phone consultations and in person IEP evaluations because he values the importance of an objective assessment of your child’s program. Because of the "Attorney Fee Recovery" provision under the IDEA, he often works with clients on limited incomes. Before concluding that you are unable to afford an attorney, call for a free evaluation so you'll have the power to direct the next step. Thomas Nelson is here for you!
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