Providing equal access to education for children with special needs is not something that just affects the 14% of the juvenile population that are classified as having special needs but it also affects our communities as a whole.
Education equality is the civil rights issue of our time and together we can make equal access to an appropriate education a reality for children living with special needs. IEP’s mission is to provide pro-bono legal services to children with special needs and their families. Additionally, it is our goal to spread awareness on the challenges the special needs community faces on a daily basis. Lastly, we provide important information about special education to those who need it through various workshops we provide.
- Legal Advocacy Clinic – through IEP’s Legal Advocacy Clinic, we have partnered with local law schools such as USC, UCI, Loyola and WLS to provide free advocacy services for low income families. Families who qualify for pro-bono legal aid will be assigned to a legal advocate to guide them through the IEP process; From requesting initial assessments to attending IEP meetings, and more. Our law student advocates are trained in special education law and advocacy through IEP’s and allow families a shoulder to lean on throughout the process.
- Legal Aid – When traditional advocacy fails, families that qualify will receive pro-bono legal representation with an IEP staff attorney to assist them with filing for Due Process; ensuring the rights of the child are preserved and they receive equal opportunities to their education.
Workshops and Trainings
The goal of the Inclusive Education Project is to provide families and the community tools they can use to empower and enrich the lives of their special needs children. IEP provides workshops which range from basics about special education law to tips to use when advocating on behalf of child with special needs.
IEP workshops and presentations are tailored directly to meet the needs of their audiences, from presentations for parent groups, to workshops for service providers, therapists, physicians, social workers, and more.
The Inclusive Education Project Podcast is now live and streaming on Google Play, Stitcher Radio, and itunes! You can also find us through our blog: iepcalifornia.org/blog.
Disability rights is the next frontier in civil rights. We believe education is the key to building an inclusive society and ensuring that all students are given an equal opportunity. The Inclusive Education Project Podcast, hosted by Special Education and Civil Rights attorneys, Amanda Selogie and Vickie Brett, offers a fresh, smart perspective on what it takes to truly make our educational systems and communities inclusive. Tune in each week as Amanda and Vickie share insight on topics ranging from education reform to advocating for equal rights for all students, and participating in modern activism. This show will also offer user-friendly resources to help you and your family navigate the educational playing field.
As a nonprofit organization, our efforts are supported by generous donors, friends, and families who share our vision of children with disabilities accessing an equal opportunity for an appropriate education. One of the ways we provide you an opportunity to help support our cause is through our philanthropic events. Please check out our calendar or social media pages for upcoming events where you can support our mission.