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Nothing should prevent a child from being in a safe and supportive learning environment. If you have a child that is not getting the opportunity to learn to their potential in school, then it is time to contact a Tampa education lawyer who is familiar with federal and state laws in place to improve school services provided to children. You do not have to put up with substandard educational services for your child at this time in their life that may dictate their entire future.

Why Early Education is Important

Some parents believe that school, studying, and testing well do not become important until high school at the earliest, college at the latest. After all, prospective employers never look at a middle school or elementary school transcript, right? This may be the case, but academic and career success start from a very young age, as researchers have found out. “We find the single most important factor in predicting later academic achievement is that children begin school with a mastery of early math and literacy concepts,” according to Northwestern University researchers. This means that even before kindergarten, a child’s academic prowess is important, meaning that by the time a child in elementary school has been denied their chance to learn, they are at a considerable loss already. Academic success is in direct correlation with most children’s future success in their career and socio-economic class, and it is truly a travesty when young children are not given the chance to reach their potential starting out in life.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 6,464,000 students nationwide were served under IDEA in the 2013-14 school year. IDEA governs how public institutions and states provide early intervention and special needs programs to students with disabilities. There are thirteen categories that a student could fit under to receive services provided by IDEA:

  1. Visual impairment;
  2. Deaf-blindness;
  3. Deafness;
  4. Orthopedic impairment;
  5. Speech or language impairment;
  6. Hearing impairment;
  7. Emotional disturbance;
  8. Autism;
  9. Intellectual disability;
  10. Specific learning disability;
  11. Traumatic brain injury;
  12. Multiple disabilities; and
  13. Other health impairment.

Assistive Technology Act

The Assistive Technology Act was created to help people with disabilities have more participation in their education by raising awareness of what technology exists to help them. This piece of legislature was initially signed by the president in 1988 and has continued to be reauthorized as technology becomes more prevalent in our society. It includes both devices and services such as:

  • Hearing aids;
  • Enlarged keyboards;
  • Wheelchairs;
  • Adapted sports equipment;
  • Occupational therapy with device; and
  • Technical assistance to the family about the device.

Contact the Tison Law Group Today to Speak With an Education Law Attorney Immediately

We at the Tison Law Group firmly believe that all children should be given an equal opportunity, and that children with special needs or disabilities are no exception to this rule. Call the compassionate Tampa Bay education lawyers with the Tison Law Group at (813) 739-1776 today for swift legal action and real results. You should not put this uphill battle all on your own shoulders. Let a professional education attorney help you accomplish your goals.

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