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We work diligently to ensure that all children, regardless of disability, receive the Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to which they are entitled under federal special education and civil rights law and that their parents are fully involved decision-makers regarding their children's education.
KPS4Parents, Inc. is dedicated to protecting the educational and civil rights of students with disabilities. We focus primarily on families of children in kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Our ultimate goal is always to see that children with special needs are given the opportunity to become as productive members of society as they are able. This benefits the children involved, their families, and the taxpaying public.
We advocate for these children in a number of ways, but parent empowerment is always at the core of what we do. We work with public agencies to improve their efforts to work collaboratively with parents. We work with parents to hone their knowledge of "the system" and their advocacy skills. We represent individual children as lay advocates. We speak publicly on issues pertaining to special education public policy. We provide paralegal support to attorneys who represent children with disabilities against non-compliant public agencies.
Our emphasis is always on building bridges and we only resort to litigation as a last resort when every honest, good faith attempt to resolve things amicably has been tried and failed. That said, we are not afraid to use any of the "tools" in our "toolbox" and if the only thing that will compel a public agency to uphold its mandated duties to a child with a disability is to pursue due process, that is exactly what we will do.
We enjoy a number of very positive working relationships with several public education agency officials and scores of teachers and support staff with whom we work very well. We've represented about 160 children since opening our doors in 2003 and have affected public policy changes that have benefitted thousands more.
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