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Improving Educational Opportunities For Disadvantaged Children With Disabilities

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Date(s) - 22/11/2019
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Space Coast Health Foundation Center for Collaboration
1100 Rockledge Blvd
Rockledge, FL 32955

November 22, 2019 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Free for Pro Bono Attorneys

  • Help a Child Who Really Needs You!
  • Learn How to Advocate for Special Education Services
  • Fulfill Your Professional Responsibility
  • One Full Day of CLE Credit
  • Receive Mentoring When You Take a Pro Bono Case

A quality education is the foundation of democracy and the ladder of opportunity, particularly for children in poverty and other vulnerable populations. Children with disabilities, especially from low income families, have significantly lower levels of educational success than students without disabilities. Behavioral and mental health needs further complicate a child’s path to educational success.

There are laws to ensure that children with disabilities receive appropriate education designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for employment and independent living. But it is left to parents to navigate to system and, in many cases, it is extremely difficult to advocate effectively.   There is an urgent need for legal assistance in navigating the education system and, as a last resort, filing suit. For low income families, this is an impossibility. And for children who have been removed from the custody of their parents due to abuse or neglect the need for effective legal advocacy is critically important.

As with many other legal areas impacting low income families, there are simply not enough attorneys willing and able to represent children in special education matters. Attorneys are, however, uniquely qualified to step in and help. Stepping up to help a child might not be an easy decision, and the work will be challenging, but pro bono attorneys can truly make a difference.

Co-sponsored by Brevard County Legal Aid, Southern Legal Counsel, and the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, this training will provide pro bono attorneys with comprehensive training in special education law.

Attorneys who agree to take a case will also be supported by BCLA and SLC afterwards via consultations, mentoring and, potentially, co-counsel in special education cases so that attorneys new to this area can gain comfort and expertise. Please join us and together we will improve educational opportunities for low income children with disabilities!

For more information, please contact Sandi Anderson at (321) 631-2500, Ext. 511.