Our attorneys represent students who receive a variety of special education services, including students with autism, learning disabilities (including dyslexia), ADHD, speech and language impairments, intellectual disability, emotional, physical and developmental disabilities, and behavioral concerns. Our special education lawyers have a broad range of experience in special education law and have assisted hundreds of families in creating the most appropriate and beneficial educational programming for their children.
Due to a climate of ‘zero tolerance’ in school conduct, we aggressively represent children with disciplinary issues (suspension, expulsion, or criminal juvenile complaints) that may be caused by a qualifying disability. The State of Alabama has a ‘Compulsory Education’ law that requires parents to send their children to school. A parent is held criminally responsible for not sending their child to school and/or not controlling their child while at school. This is frequently misapplied and schools do not always look at the justifiable exceptions to this law. Attorneys Gallini and Lowe represent parents who have been accused of violating the Alabama Compulsory Education Act.
There are some students who do not require specialized teaching yet do require accommodations. Our team understands Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act and will assist your child in getting the necessary and reasonable accommodations that the law requires.
The Gallini Group is the only law firm in Alabama dedicated entirely to the field of special education law, representing children with disabilities and learning difficulties whose families disagree with their public school districts. Our attorneys have a thorough and complete understanding of the federal and state laws and regulations governing the educational rights of children with special needs in Alabama. They have extensive experience working with families and practicing special education law throughout the state of Alabama, and have unique insight into how individual school districts operate, who the key decision-makers are, and what factors play the biggest role in decisions related to specialized services.
Attorney’s Gallini and Lowe frequently utilize the expertise of highly qualified outside educational experts to strengthen your case with sound professional opinions. An independent medical, psychological, educational, or behavioral evaluation by a well-credentialed professional is often a necessary tool in demonstrating a child’s particular needs. Parents are educated and guided through this process of ensuring that their children are receiving a “free and appropriate public education”, thus empowering them to advocate on their child’s behalf following the successful conclusion of the case.
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All students with a qualifying disability are entitled to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). However, the laws that govern special education are complex, and successfully navigating the special education process can be difficult and overwhelming for parents. Our attorneys are here to guide and inform you about your child’s rights within the educational system and to develop effective, practical and creative solutions.
Our representation of children with special needs encompasses the full spectrum of rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), from attendance at IEP Team meetings and Mediation, to zealous and experienced representation in Due Process Hearings and Federal Court.
The Gallini Group attorneys represent children with special needs throughout the State of Alabama.
Our team of professionals can assist you in a wide range of matters, including:
- Navigating the eligibility process to determine your child’s eligibility for early intervention and school-age special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- Eligibility process under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Representation in mediation and due process hearings, as well as state, federal and appellate proceedings
- Attending IEP meetings
- Review of evaluations, IEP’s, and Section 504 Plans
- School disciplinary proceedings, including expulsions and manifestation determination meetings
- Juvenile court for school-based complaints of student codes of conduct or compulsory education
- Unsubstantiated DHR proceedings stemming from school mandatory reporting
- Discrimination claims under Section 504 or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Accident or abuse allegations within the school setting