Children with developmental disabilities have a new advocate to champion their cause at the DePaul University College of Law.
"The Special Education Advocacy Clinic will address the needs of children with developmental disabilities who may have otherwise never had a voice," says Glen Weissenberger, dean of the College of Law.
The clinic provides law students with the opportunity to learn the law while representing actual clients.
In addition to promoting policies favorable to the educational needs of children with developmental disabilities, the Special Education Advocacy Clinic will also provide legal representation to financially distressed parents.
The clinic’s clients will be represented by law students, under the supervision of a clinical law instructor.
Among their responsibilities will be encouraging collaborations between school districts and parents as well as advocating at individual education plan meetings, mediation sessions and special education proceedings.
"There is a clear link between disabilities, poverty and minority status," says Nelly Aguilar, the clinic’s director. "Legal representation through the clinic will substantially impact the ability of our state’s most vulnerable children to obtain a free and appropriate public education, as federal law mandates."
For more information contact, Aguilar at (312) 362-5856 or law.depaul.edu/programs/clinical_programs/clinical_special_ed.asp.