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Jeyaram & Associates and The Calbos Law Firm Create a One-Stop-Shop for Special Needs Families

Special Needs Law Firm: IEPs, 504 Plans, Special Needs Trusts, GuardianshipCreating the first of its kind in Georgia, Jeyaram & Associates and The Calbos Law Firm are collaborating to provide a one-stop shop of legal services for Georgia families with special needs children.

The two Georgia-based law firms are working together to provide comprehensive legal services and advice for parents and caregivers who need help with:

  • IEPs
  • 504s Plans
  • Education Mediation and Litigation
  • Guardianship
  • Katie Beckett Appeals
  • Medicaid
  • Special Needs Trust Planning
  • Advance & Medical Directives
  • Medical and Durable Power of Attorneys

Both firms have a long history of  advocating for special needs children and ensuring they receive the medical and educational benefits they deserve and need. While both firms have obtained excellent results for their clients separately, together they bring more than 70 years of combined legal experience and offer comprehensive legal services to special needs families and serve as a formidable opposition to government entities.

Jeyaram & Associates and The Calbos Law Firm have extensive professional and personal experience and expertise in helping families with special needs children and are active in the special needs community.

Mr. Jeyaram has a special needs son and Principal Christy Calbos of The Calbos Law Firm has three special needs family members.

Because the two firms are active in the special needs community, they are able to connect families with other professionals and experts who are committed to and specialize in helping special needs families. From financial planners to CPAs and more – the firms have built an extensive and trusted network to help special need families.

About The Calbos Law Firm

Ms. Calbos brings unique expertise and experience to the firm by having represented multiple county school districts prior to representing families with special needs children. She has an intimate understanding of schools’ perspectives as well as families with special needs students. Currently Ms. Calbos represents special needs students for students age 3 to 22 in public schools by ensuring they receive appropriate education and services through IEPs and 504 Plans.

About Jeyaram & Associates

Mr. Jeyaram’s experience as a former Georgia Administrative Law Judge and his current healthcare and estate planning legal practice give him a distinct advantage in helping families navigate the complex government maze for benefits. Mr. Jeyaram has helped more than a 100 families overturn Katie Beckett denials, as well as create Special Needs Trusts to protect their special needs children’s current and future benefits and assets.

 

Bullying in School – Legal Protection for Students

bullyingLate last week, a teenager was beaten at Parkview High in Gwinnett County. His injuries were so severe that he has to have reconstructive surgery. The incident was videoed by other students on their cell phones. Instead of helping, the kids stood by filmed. Equally astonishing was that there was no teacher or coach present. No adult supervision. What resulted is akin to the very worst parts of Lord of the Flies. The video is alarming and sad.

In another recent story, an eighth girl quit attending school and decided to home school because the bullying was too much to bear each day. It would begin on the bus, continue during class and then, throughout the evening via texting and Facebook. The student reported the bullying repeatedly to the school but nothing was done. Eventually, she was physically assaulted at school. After that, she and her mother made the decision to home school. Unfortunately, these stories are not rare.

What can parents do if their child is being bullied? First, know the law. Georgia has an anti-bullying law: O.C.G.A. 20-2-751.4. It defines bullying as an act that occurs on school property, on school vehicles, at bus stops or at school-related functions or activities. It also includes acts by use of data or software that are accessed through any electronic technology belonging to the school. The act of bullying is any intentional attempt or threat to physically injure someone else when this intention is accompanied by the ability to do so; or an intentional display of force that makes the victim afraid of or expect immediate physical harm; or any intentional written, verbal or physical act which a reasonable person would perceive as threatening, harassing or intimidating. This includes actions that have the effect of interfering with a student’s education or actions that are so persistent that they create an intimidating educational environment.

Second, know school policies. As of August 1, 2011, each local board of education was required to adopt a policy that prohibits bullying of a student by another student. This policy must be included in the student code of conduct for schools in that school system. If you have not received a copy, go to your school’s website and look for it. If you cannot find it, ask the school for a copy.

Third, TELL. If a child alerts you that he or she is being teased, email the teacher immediately. Keep a copy of this email and all other communications with the school. Email the school counselor and ask for a meeting as soon as practical. Copy the teacher and the principle on this email. Ask that your child be included in this meeting. At the meeting, request that a plan be put in place to ensure your child’s safety- emotionally and physically, at school. Ask that the counselor meet with the students doing the bullying and then, if appropriate, meet with your child and the bully in an attempt to mediate.

Fourth, Insist. Remember that children need advocates and a voice. Insist that all steps are being made to protect a child’s safety and well-being while at school as well as in cyber space. If the above steps do not correct the problem, go higher up the chain of command. Take your concerns to the County School Board and the School District Superintendent. These contacts can be found online. You can also go to the Georgia Department of Education at http://www.gadoe.org/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx.

Jeyaram & Associates Now Provides Education and IEP Legal Services

IEP Jeyaram & Associates now provides advocacy and legal assistance in education, specializing in IEPs.

As educational advocates for your child, Jeyaram & Associates help you understand your child’s legal rights and champion what’s best for your child academically. As the father of a special needs child, Attorney DJ Jeyaram has first hand experience with the intricacies of IEPs and navigating the complex education process.

At Jeyaram & Associates, we believe every child should be given the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. To achieve that potential, parents and education professionals must work together as a team.

However, sometimes this approach is not effective and additional assistance is needed. Jeyaram & Associates can help you partner with the school district to develop a plan that optimizes your child’s learning potential.

We’re committed to building positive relationships with you, your child and your child’s educators to develop an academic plan that creates a positive learning environment and experience for your child.

We’re here to help your child. At Jeyaram & Associates, we take a hands-on, positive and objective approach to helping you navigate the IEP process. In addition to legal representation and experience, the firm’s team has experienced special education advocates to help you. We’ll help you prepare for IEP meetings, during the meetings and after – including appeals if necessary.