Discrimination in School

Representing Clients in New York & Nationwide

There are many types of discrimination in our society and one of the most insidious is discrimination against people with disabilities. People regularly underestimate the abilities, intelligence, and competence of individuals with disabilities, intentionally or unintentionally excluding them from activities and equal opportunities. This can be especially detrimental to children in the school setting as they may be left out of valuable learning opportunities and their social development hindered.

On the other hand, discrimination against children with disabilities may also take the form of inadequate assistance or accommodation in the classroom. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act address this form of discrimination, requiring educators to provide accommodations and special services for children with disabilities who need them. The special education law firm of Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP is committed to helping families of children with disabilities fight discrimination in all its forms.

Protecting Children from Discrimination

Ideally, parents and educators together create an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a Section 504 Plan that should protect against discrimination by ensuring that a student with disabilities receives all necessary help and assistance while being socially included and challenged to his or her abilities. Unfortunately, some IEP's and 504 Plans fail to strike this delicate balance and may not fully address discrimination and exclusion directly. In addition, teachers and administrators may, either intentionally or through ignorance, discriminate in their actions, policies or procedures.

If you have a child with a disability, the disabilities law attorneys of Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP have the understanding and experience necessary to help you protect your child from discrimination. We are committed to defending the rights of people with disabilities, working to ensure that students with disabilities are able to reach their academic and personal potential for success, to be treated with dignity and to be given the opportunities available to all students.

If you are concerned about possible discrimination against someone with a disability, please contact Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP to discuss your options.