Parents of children who are deaf face numerous challenges in getting a quality education for their children. Whether the child is placed in public or private school, teachers, principals, and other administrators do not always understand the needs and abilities of students who are deaf. This means that school districts do not always provide adequate services to students who are deaf or hearing impaired. Sometimes students with hearing loss are placed in special education classes with students of varying disabilities that are not appropriate. Other times, they may be placed in classes where their needs are not met and they do not have access to the same quality education as their hearing peers.
Whether your child’s mode of communication is listening and spoken language (auditory/oral; auditory verbal), American Sign Language (ASL), Signed Exact English (SEE) Total Communication (TC) or Cued Speech, the placement and services must be designed to meet your child’s unique needs. This includes the need for professionals who have the appropriate background, training and experience.
The law firm of KSLN has extensive experience working with parents and educators to ensure that deaf children are afforded a quality Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Challenges for Parents of Deaf Students
One of the first challenges parents of students who are deaf face is the school district’s identification of your child’s disability. IDEA requires schools to proactively identify and evaluate students with disabilities such as deafness and assess their individual needs and abilities. If you feel that your child’s school has not appropriately identified or assessed your student’s needs, we can provide crucial assistance in helping your child get the services he or she needs.
Once a child’s needs have been evaluated, parents and educators work together to create an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This plan describes in detail the program, services and accommodations the school will provide along with specific, targeted achievement goals. Often the creation of an IEP can be a contentious process as parents and educators may have different views of a child’s needs and abilities.
If you would like support or assistance in your IEP meetings, KSLN is happy to help you prepare and even accompany you to IEP meetings to ensure your child’s needs are met. If you are unhappy with your child’s IEP our special education law attorneys can help you resolve differences with the school district, taking legal action if necessary.
Peace of Mind for Parents
The special education attorneys of KSLN strive to give parents peace of mind by supporting them in working with teachers and school districts. Every parent worries about their child’s education and the parents of students who are deaf have extra cause for concern. Our goal is for you to have confidence that your child’s needs are met so he or she can achieve academic excellence.
To learn more about KSLN, and how we can help you, please contact us today for a free initial consultation.