Some parents will need to go to mediation or due process to achieve the proper educational accommodations or educational setting for their children; and this is where the relationship between school and parents enters the legal arena and the relationship becomes adversarial. It is not recommended that parents go through this process alone, so parents will need to procure the services of an experienced educational attorney.

The decision to pursue due process is a very serious one as the costs–financial and emotional–to the parents can be enormous. To explore the pros and cons in full, first read the education chapter of The Bipolar Child, Revised Edition, especially pages 307-310; and be prepared to spend multiple hours at –the gold standard of the rights of special needs students.

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