Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries are a leading cause of disability and death nationwide. Often the result of motor vehicle accidents, traumatic brain injury also has a very wide range of severity with varying levels of permanent or temporary disability. Some individuals may see dramatic improvement in brain function over months or years while others’ condition deteriorates (or plateaus) over time. If your child has experienced a traumatic brain injury, the uncertainty about his or her future can be overwhelming. Whether the lasting damage is mild, moderate, or severe, the disabilities education attorneys of KSLN offer many types of legal services for parents of children with disabilities with the goal of helping all children succeed.
Serving Parents of Children with Traumatic Brain Injury
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), every child with a recognized disability must be given the Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) he or she deserves, and schools must provide this education in the least restrictive environment appropriate. The core of IDEA is the creation and implementation of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) by educators working closely with parents.
However, the IEP process can be intimidating and confusing for parents, who may not always feel like equal partners in determining their child’s educational future. For this reason, KSLN offers extensive support to parents of children with disabilities, including traumatic brain injury. Before the IEP is drafted, we can help you identify and communicate your concerns and goals for your child. We can also be with you in IEP meetings and represent you effectively if you feel that your child’s needs are not being met after the IEP is in place (such as pursuing a hearing to ensure proper implementation of the IEP, or to challenge an improper IEP).
Adapting to Changing Needs
In addition, your child’s educational needs may change along with either positive or negative developments in his or her traumatic brain injury symptoms. Some schools may be reluctant to reevaluate and restructure an existing IEP right away, but with the help of KSLN, you can rest assured that your concerns will be heard loud and clear.
Because of the nature of a child’s brain, body and motor skills are not fully developed, the full consequences of a childhood traumatic brain injury may not be apparent for many years. If your child experiences a cognitive impairment, loss of mobility or other physical traumatic brain injury symptoms, his or her school may not be quick enough in addressing his or her changing needs. Yet the IDEA, Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are clear in mandating that schools do as much as necessary to meet these needs, and we will work with you and your child’s teachers and administrators to ensure your school district offers a positive, inclusive environment for your child.
To learn more about KSLN, and how we can help you, please contact us today for a free initial consultation.