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7 Telltale Signs of Special Needs Discrimination at School

Anyone who has special needs children will say that raising them is a joy, but also a challenge. Because of the unique attention and environment that special needs children require, just getting them effective education can be tough. But discrimination against special needs children is all too common! Add discrimination to the mix, and parents face an even more difficult journey. The good news is that you’re not alone! The Law Office of Stuart M. Nachbar has been fighting special needs discrimination cases in New Jersey for years now, and we’re here to fight for your child too!
Did you know? According to the U.S. Department of Education, any entity that receives federal financial assistance (such as grants or student loans) is prohibited from discriminating against persons with disabilities. Your child is legally protected against discrimination while at school!

Unfortunately, many parents do not get legal help because they do not realize that their child is being discriminated against. Uphill battles might feel normal to many parents of special needs children, making it challenging to spot the unjust discrimination happening in their schools. What are some signs that your special needs child is battling discrimination at school?

  1. Your Child Doesn’t Have a Role to Play in School Activities or Extracurricular Athletics

  2. Other Students Aren’t Made to Understand the Needs of Your Child

  3. Teachers Don’t Employ Adaptive Strategies for Your Child

  4. Your Child Lacks Peer Support at School

  5. The School Refuses to Develop an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) for Your Child

  6. The School Fails to Provide Elementary and Secondary Students a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

  7. Your Child Receives Discriminatory Discipline at School

These are just a few examples of how your special needs child might be experiencing discrimination at school. According to StopBullying.gov, teachers, school staff, and other students need to understand the specific impairments of a child’s special needs, so that they can develop strategies and support systems to help special needs children participate and succeed in class and with their peers. If you feel that your child is not getting the support they need at school, it might be time to contact a lawyer who specializes in Special Needs Law! Whether you have questions about how your child is protected by the law in New Jersey, or are ready to pursue a case, The Law Office of Stuart M. Nachbar, P.C. is here to support you! Get started by calling our office at (973) 233 4049 or by contacting us online for more information.

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