At first glance, it may not appear as if special education law issues fall under the traditional civil rights laws umbrella that most people are familiar with. But in taking a more in-depth look at our civil rights laws and how they impact the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), it becomes easy to understand why the rights of students with disabilities are protected as part of our civil rights laws. Most people have a basic understanding that civil rights laws are in effect to protect against discrimination. The common core factor that brings the IDEA within the purview of our civil rights laws is the IDEA’s foundational protection against any discrimination aimed at disabled children and their right to receive an education. As San Diego civil rights attorneys, we are dedicated to using the protections granted by the IDEA to protect the civil rights of all children with disabilities.
Children in the United States are guaranteed a free and appropriate public education. Whether a child is disabled does not factor into their right to be correctly and appropriately educated. The law that protects the right of disabled children to be educated alongside their typical peers is based on preventing decimation against our special needs children within their educational environment. Therefore, our job as San Diego civil rights attorneys is to take the time to review how the special needs children in our community are educated.
The IDEA provides for various protections and accommodations so that children with disabilities can be included with their typical peers, to the greatest extent possible, during their school day. These protections have a disabled child’s equal right to a free and appropriate public education. If we take these words one at a time, we can see how these civil rights are imperative to all children, particularly our disabled children.
As San Diego civil rights attorneys, we welcome the opportunity to speak with you regarding any concerns you may have about your special needs child’s civil right to a free and appropriate public education. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our offices and schedule a free one-hour consultation to discuss your questions about your child’s special education program.