Special Education Law and Disability Law
Advocating throughout the State of Maryland
Many families face tremendous challenges navigating the complex laws and procedures governing educational rights for children and adults with special needs. The attorneys at The Steedman Law Group are dedicated to providing experienced, compassionate legal representation and advocacy to assist in securing equal access to appropriate educational services and supports for all differently-abled individuals.
We serve individuals with a wide range of special needs, including:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Developmental Delays and Disabilities
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Learning Disorders
- Communication Disorders/Speech-Language Impairments
- Intellectual/Cognitive Impairments
- Social/Emotional Disabilities
- Behavioral Challenges
- Physical Disabilities (Orthopedic/ Visual/ Hearing)
- Medical/Health Impairments
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Executive Functioning and Processing Speed Disorders
We serve clients in all 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City, and have provided advocacy and pro hac vice representation for individuals in numerous jurisdictions outside the state of Maryland, including Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Florida.
All students have a right to an appropriate education, and every learner deserves an opportunity to achieve meaningful progress and success. At The Steedman Law Group, our mission is helping children and adults open doors to those opportunities.
MDSEL (Maryland Special Education Lawyers)
MDSEL is a collaborative group of Maryland attorneys who currently represent students with disabilities in special education matters and promote legislative advances in protecting individuals with special needs. If you would like information regarding joining MDSEL, please email Wayne Steedman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Consent Bill Passes MD State Senate – May 25, 2017
View the complete bill here: Senate Bill 710 – Parent Consent Bill
Quality Education for America’s Children with Disabilities: The Need to Protect Due Process Rights
Thank you and congratulations to COPAA and to our respected colleagues and fellow advocates in the field of special education law, Selene Almazan, Andy Feinstein, and Denise Stile Marshall, for their examination of efforts to erode an important procedural right for parents of children with special needs. As families who have navigated the IEP process well know, this is not a level playing field, and numerous obstacles confront parents who wish to challenge school system decisions regarding the education of their children. To rob parents of their due process protections would only create further imbalances in parental involvement, and would undermine the intent of the IDEA. The “partnership” envisioned by the IDEA doesn’t operate in a vacuum–the power of parents’ right to due process is often the very impetus for a school system’s reasonable consideration of services and accommodations they have previously denied. As proposed by the article below, greater efforts are needed to ensure the fairness and accessibility of due process rights for all families who are seeking a free, appropriate public education for their children.
Full publication available here: Child & Family Law Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1
Adequate But Unequal? SCOTUS Considers Special Ed Case
Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District: Analysis of Oral Arguments
On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, Wayne, Cheryl, and Leslie traveled to the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. The Court’s decision in Endrew F. will affect every child with an IEP and every school district in the nation, making it the most important special education case before the Court in 35 years.
WrightsLaw ALERT! Endrew F. v. Douglas: U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument Analysis
On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, the U. S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Endrew F. v. Douglas Co. Sch. Dist., a case about educational benefit and FAPE. Pete and Pam attended and share their thoughts here.
ABLE Account Launch Party
Harford County Commission on Disabilities is hosting a Maryland ABLE Launch Party on December 11th from 5-7PM at the TUNE Building at HCC. Come learn about ABLE Accounts (a new way to help individuals with disabilities save money without jeopardizing benefits and services) and speak to representatives who can help you sign up if you interested. REGISTER HERE!