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Legal Advice on Dyslexia & other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD’s)
Sometimes, when parents have tried everything to get the help they need for their dyslexia child – things still do not work out. It is on these occasions when they feel there is nothing further to do that they may decide to seek legal advice.
This section is offering legal advice on the following specific learning difficulties; dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, ADHD and other SpLD’s.
Local Education Authorities (LEA’s) & Dyslexia or other SpLD’s
There have been several high-profile court cases over the last few years where people have sued their Local Education Authority (LEA) because they have failed to identify their educational needs. in January 2005, Erinn Williamson, 18 years, went to the Perth Sheriff Court, to sue her LEA for £20,000 for failing to spot her spelling problems, were caused by dyslexia. Other court actions have also succeeded.
I would just like to emphasise that parents who have problems, do try to sort things out with the respective schools and LEA’s first before they get to this position. At the end of the day, any monies awarded to children have to come out of the education budget – leaving less money in the pot – so it really is a double-edged sword.
Specialist Law Firms dealing with Education and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD’s)
There are specialist firms offering legal advice to people who have had difficulties with their child’s education. It is essential that the company you choose is registered with The Education Law Association. The Law Society regulates these associations.
These companies can usually provide, legal representation on all aspects of education law, regarding dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, ADHD and other SpLD’s, including:
- Information about Assessments and Statementing.
- Statementing procedures.
- Enforcement of statements.
- Special Education Needs & Tribunals.
- Dealing with a school that wants to reduce teaching time/therapy.
- Advice to parents regarding provision from the LEA or school.
- Help for students whose schools have failed them.
There are several specialist law firms around that deal with these issues, one of them is Education Lawyers.
Education Lawyers Website state, they have ‘a dedicated Education Law department of Langley Wellington LLP Solicitors. The team is highly experienced and skilled in providing legal advice and practical solutions in relation to Education issues and, in particular, Special Educational Needs (SEN) cases. For over 25 years our lawyers have been providing legal advice to families throughout England and Wales.’