Who We Are
The Law Office of David C. Shaw, LLC. provides comprehensive and effective representation of children and adults with disabilities.
We represent children with disabilities and their families in special education and civil rights cases to ensure they receive a free appropriate public education and non-discriminatory treatment as required by the federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) and Americans With Disabilities Act. Ours is a statewide practice.
We frequently represent children with learning disabilities, children with dyslexia, children on the autism spectrum, children with multiple disabilities, children with intellectual disabilities, children with social and emotional disturbances, and children with neurological impairments.
We have also represented many children who present with other disabilities that do not easily fit into the categories specified in IDEA, such as children with Lyme Disease, children with Cochlear Implants, children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and ADHD), children with Bipolar Disorder, and Children with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and we have done so for many years. We are successful in securing appropriate educational programs and placements for many children each year.
We also have filed and successfully obtained money damages on behalf of children and their parents against school and public officials where those children have been physically or emotionally injured due to the wrongful or discriminatory conduct of school or public officials. Our firm has also filed and obtained systemic change in a number of significant class action lawsuits to remove discrimination against persons with disabilities from publicly funded service delivery systems.
Individuals with disabilities are among the most vulnerable members of our society. They are often provided an inadequate education and frequently placed in inappropriate settings. When these children are not able to function in the real world after graduation, public officials are quick to blame the individual’s disability, rather than the failure of the public education and adult service delivery systems to prepare children for adult life. Our mission is to represent children and adults with disabilities to ensure they receive the education and services they need, to enforce the federal and state laws that have been enacted to end discrimination and to ensure that persons with disabilities are viewed as capable contributing members of society.
We understand that parents know their children best. We work hard to understand the concerns of the parents and to develop a legal strategy that will secure the relief that the parents want and their child deserves. We often discourage parents from representing their children in due process hearings or mediation, however, as public schools are often able to take advantage of an unrepresented parent. Moreover, unrepresented parents typically do not succeed in administrative hearings.