Special Education

Practice Overview

Special education law is a tapestry of federal and state laws and regulations that were enacted to prohibit discrimination against children with special needs and to ensure that all children receive a free and appropriate public education. Drummond Woodsum attorneys and consultants have vast experience in navigating federal and state special education laws, advising schools on legal issues relating to the delivery of special education services to public school students, and representing schools in disputes that arise under state and federal special education laws. Our attorneys and consultants are also well-positioned to provide on-going case consultation services, including IEP Team facilitation, and to help school districts effectively manage difficult cases and, whenever possible, avoid costly litigation.

Among the services Drummond Woodsum’s special education attorneys and consultants provide are:

  • Advocacy in special education due process and complaint proceedings, including mediations;
  • Advice regarding the development of policies governing special education procedures and documentation;
  • Extensive training programs and conferences for school administrators and teachers regarding services for children with disabilities and compliance with state and federal laws and regulations;
  • Assistance regarding the requirements of the IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act;
  • Representation in disagreements regarding placement determinations and least restrictive environment;
  • Ongoing IEP Team facilitation and IEP development.

Drummond Woodsum attorneys and consultants have more than 40 years of experience in federal and state special education law and possess a broad range of hands-on experience in special education. Our extensive knowledge of the culture, customs, and practices of the special education community helps us offer solutions that not only comply with the law but also reflect evolving “best practices” and informed judgments about legal trends within special education.

When you require legal advice in a matter involving special education, you can feel secure and confident in working with Drummond Woodsum’s talented special education attorneys and consultants. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We look forward to working with you.

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