Happy Birthday, IDEA!

Dec 1, 2020 | Special Education

December 2nd is National Special Education Day, commemorating the anniversary of the nation’s first federal special education law. The Education for All Handicapped Children’s Act was signed into law on December 2, 1975. In 1990 this law was renamed The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The IDEA is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation. It ensures special education and related services to those children in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

At Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler, our own history is intertwined with the birth of this landmark legislation. It was shortly after that historic civil rights milestone when our founder, Theodore A. Sussan, Esq., decided to turn the focus of his general law practice toward special education law after fighting to protect the rights of his own special needs child.

Having an autistic son, Sussan set to work to learn all he could about special education rights, establishing a track record of precedent-setting cases and even new state law. His successes paved the way for our firm’s continued success in the area of special education law, and our commitment to ensuring that children with disabilities have opportunities to develop their talents, share their gifts, and contribute to their communities.

For more than 40 years, Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler has helped parents of special needs children manage issues from behavioral dyslexia to diabetes. We also have attorneys who specialize in New Jersey Estate and Trust Law, who can help you ensure that both you and your special needs child are protected into the future.

You can find out more about our services at https://sgwlawfirm.com/home/practice-areas/special-education/ Contact us today to discuss how the law protects and provides for special education needs. Help for your child with special needs is just a phone call away!

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