Knowing where to find good legal help is vital to protecting your child’s rights. There’s a lot of information online. But it’s not always easy to find what you need. Some websites are better than others. Here’s a list of select online legal resources. You may find it useful when advocating for your child’s education.
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) is a nonprofit organization of lawyers, advocates and parents. It works to provide better legal assistance to parents. You can use COPAA’s website to find a lawyer, advocate or professional near you.
The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is a nonprofit network of government-supported legal advocacy services for people with disabilities in all areas of life, not just education. NDRN’s website has a tool for finding services in your state.
Ed.gov is the U.S. Department of Education’s website. It has a special section for legal information. It also has the actual text of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for the U.S. Department of Education is in charge of enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws. OCR’s website has information on how to file a civil rights complaint.
The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) provides information and resources to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals.
Being a strong advocate for your child’s rights means knowing where to look for legal help. This list of online resources is a good start. If you need more personalized advice, take a look at our tips for finding a special education advocate or attorney.