LARCHMONT, N.Y. – Parents who have children who have a disability, are not doing well in school or are going to a school that does not seem to fit their needs may find some answers by attending the upcoming program at Larchmont Public Library. Special education attorney Lloyd Donders will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, and the program is free to attend.
For many students, an Individual Education Plan is needed to try and help children perform to the best of their abilities in school. However, these can be difficult for parents to keep up and ensure that the school’s staff is following through with the outlined curriculum.
During the program, Donders will give parents information about how to find support and services, and educate themselves on special education laws and how to work with school officials. He will talk about the definition of a disability and what the school’s responsibilities are when it comes to special education.
“As a parent of a child with a disability, and having talked with countless parents, the prevailing theme is that parents don’t know their rights and are often misled (either intentionally or not) by their schools,” Donders said.
He stresses that the greatest advocate for a child must be his or her own parent, and he wants parents to understand their rights and the legal issues surrounding school. The program’s goal is to help parents be able to navigate the “Special Education Maze.”
For more information about Donders, visit the website at http://specialedlegalinfo.com . For more information about the programs at Larchmont Public Library, call the library at 914-834-2281 or visit the website at http://www.larchmontlibrary.org .
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