STEP ONE: Document Review and Consultation:
We review your child's current IEP and other relevant documents, discuss your concerns and options, and design a plan to meet your goals.
STEP TWO: 'Collaborative Advocacy':
An advocate will help you follow the plan you created
when you consulted with us. We use 'Collaborative Advocacy'.
STEP THREE: Due Process:
If your goals could not be reached by advocacy alone, we may be able to file a case for you. While around 80 to 90% of cases settle, nothing is more important than writing a proper Complaint. Everything that happens in your case is based upon the Complaint. Getting it right is another time experience is the difference between failure and success. You will have access to a Client Portal where you can view videos on every aspect of your case and collaborate with your team.
After the Complaint is filed, within 15 days, we participate in a Resolution Session and begin to prepare to present your case at a hearing. Sometimes there are motions to file and legal briefs. No one attorney can be an expert at every task in your case, so we train attorneys and assistants to be specialists in the performance of different tasks. Everyone we engage has their own expertise and continually focuses on improving those skills. We won't send someone who writes briefs to present your case at your hearing. This specialization is another way we abide by our belief that experience is the key to better results.
OTHER WAYS TO HIRE US
Different situations may require different payment arrangements.
'Collaborative Advocacy' can occur when the school and the parents of a child are both willing to address a student's needs in the way the law has established. However, it takes both parties to accomplish this goal. Often, the school is unwilling to allow the IEP team to function as it was meant and parents need to have a plan to address this failure before they head into the IEP meeting.
WHERE WE CAN HELP
Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Special Education Eligibility
Special Education & Related Services
Individualized Transition Plan (ITP)
Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)
Section 504 Plan
School Suspension and Expulsion
COSTS that may occur in your case:
If a case is started for you, your retainer agreement will specify all potential costs.
Other than incidental costs, only the costs that a Client decides to accept will
Evaluations and/or expert witness testimony;
your travel and sitter costs;
communication charges from your phone or internet provider;
other incidental costs;
private educational and related services you choose to provide your child;
separate advocate services you privately engage;
a different fee arrangement if your case warrants such.
From Kona to Hilo, Kauai, Lanai, Molokai and Honolulu, the Windward shore and Waimanalo: We help families in IEP meetings and Due Process Hearings.