Special Education

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Right to a Free Appropriate Public Education

 A federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and New Hampshire law require school districts to provide special education and related services for children with certain types of disabilities who, due to their disability, need specialized instruction and related services to receive an appropriate education.  Under these laws, school districts must make a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE) available to eligible children until they are awarded a regular high school diploma or turn twenty-one, whichever comes first. Children who are eligible under IDEA receive specialized instruction and related services that are outlined in an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP is developed by the student’s IEP Team.  Parents are critically important members of the IEP team, as are youth with disabilities.  It is very important to make sure children and youth with disabilities are getting the services from school districts they are legally entitled to receive.  Below are links to informational brochures and resources related to special education.

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Private Attorneys Who Take Special Education Cases

This is a list of attorneys who have informed us that they currently take cases in the area of special education. Placement on this list does not constitute a recommendation but is provided for the convenience of our clients.


James M. Baron, Esq., M.Ed.
395 Totten Pond Road
Suite 101
Waltham, MA  02451-2012
(781) 209-1166 (office)
(781) 795-1591 (fax)
E-Mail:  jbaron@lawbaron.com
Web: www.lawbaron.com
Blog: http://www.specialeducation-lawyer.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/specialedattorney
Twitter: @jbaronlaw
Admitted in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida

Gregory Van Buiten
Karen E. Hewes
Theresa Kraft, Of Counsel
EdLaw New England
50 Bridge Street, Suite 203
Manchester, NH 03101
(603) 695-6557
Fax: (603) 695-6558

O. Whitman Smith
Mickenberg, Dunn, Kochman, Lachs & Smith, PLC
P.O. Box 406
Burlington, VT 05402-0406
(802) 658-6951
Fax: (802) 660-0503
Admitted in Vermont only

Sheila Zakre
Zakre Law Office
4 Park Street, Suite 405
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 224-4400
Fax: (603) 224-2686
Note: Attorney Zakre also accepts other disability-related cases.

Advocates and Organizations That Assist Parents with Special Education Issues

This is a list of advocates and organizations who have informed us that they currently provide assistance in the area of special education. Placement on this list does not constitute a recommendation but is provided for the convenience of our clients.


Parent Information Center
P.O. Box 2405
Concord, NH 03302-2405
(603) 224-7005 V/TDD
(800) 947-7005 (N.H. only)
(603) 224-4365 (FAX)

Elizabeth Feingold
SEAC Services ~~ Special Education Advocacy and Consulting Services
PO Box 1484
New London, NH 03257

Frank McDonough
Hollis, NH 03049

SPED Solutions, LLC
Angela Kouroyen
PO Box 817
Derry NH 03038
(603) 216-7685

Suzanne Whitney
Suzanne Whitney Special Education Advocacy,LLC
P.O. Box 10545
Bedford, NH 03110
(603) 249-6152

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