Special Education Law


Every public school must provide its disabled students with access to all programs and activities. Two Federal laws are central to this.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a Federal law that aims to ensure that individuals with disabilities have full access to programs and activities that receive Federal funding in primary and secondary schools. It has two primary mandates:


  • First, it mandates that a student with a disability cannot be excluded from participation in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

  • Second, it also mandates that a student with a disability cannot be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (commonly referred to as the "IDEA") governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities.

The standards and procedures for qualifying as disabled under either law differ and we are happy to help parents or provide representation for the process. The laws also provide parents with substantial rights to appeal adverse decisions and Lippman is ready to help with appeals or, if necessary, litigation.

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