I've Tried Everything and the School Is Still Not Meeting My ADHD Child's Needs
The Problem: "I've tried asking questions, writing follow-up letters, and attending plenty of team meetings, but nothing is working. I'm beyond frustrated and my child's education is suffering. Help!"
The Solution: At this point, you should consult with a special education attorney or an experienced educational advocate. This professional can help assess the strength of your case and help you decide whether to request a due process hearing through your state's special education appeals office. A due process hearing is an administrative hearing where parents and schools can present their case to an impartial hearing officer, who will then determine whether a student's educational rights have been violated. The hearing officer's decision is binding on the parties, but it can be appealed to state or federal court. In practice, most due process hearing requests result in confidential settlements between parents and the school.