Children with disabilities and special needs in both public and private institutions in Florida and the rest of the United States should be educated in an environment that is least restrictive. Federal Law – United States Code – Title 20, Chapter 33, Subchapter II, Section 1412 provides the following:
“To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are not disabled, and special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability of a child is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.”
Special Education Lawyers in Florida represent and advocate for the educational and best interests of children. Even though it can be challenging to accommodate the needs of a child with disabilities and education, the school, administration, and school board still have a legal duty to comply with Federal and State law. Often times, the school system falls short, ignores the needs of the child and family, and needs to be educated as to the law and educational resources and techniques that should be put in place for the child with Special Needs and disabilities.