The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, ensures:

“that all children with disabilities recieve a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.”


Special education means instruction provided at no cost to the parent that is specially designed to meet the unique needs of a disabled child.

A child is eligible to receive special education services if he or she has a qualifying disability and because of that disability needs special education and related services.

As a parent, you are your child’s voice in these matters. You have the right:

  • To request an evaluation because your child’s educational needs are not being addressed by the school
  • To request an independent educational evaluation if you disagree with the school’s evaluation
  • To participate meaningfully in the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that addresses your child’s unique needs
  • To challenge a placement decision by the school


At The Ramage Law Group., we help parents at every stage of their children’s education. Our lawyer helps you understand the paperwork that makes up your child’s educational program. We help parents navigate ARD (Admission, Review and Dismissal) Committee meetings. We represent parents and children in mediation to resolve disputes with schools. We represent them in due process hearings with the Texas Education Agency when all other efforts have failed.

Attorney Sharon Ramage is committed to helping you help your child. Call her at 972-562-9890 for answers to your special education law questions.

Email Form Back To Top

This website contains important information about your child’s rights in our schools.

Knowledge is power. Follow the link below to download a free digital copy of Sharon’s parent’s guide or subscribe to the firm’s e-newsletter.

E-Newsletter Get The Guide