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Community Alliance for Special Education (CASE)
CASE advocacy staff, thoroughly trained in special education law, helps families and school districts work together when designing appropriate special education programs for students with disabilities, who are at risk for school failure, so they can succeed in school, get a job and become productive members of their community.
CASE provides these basic services:
- Technical assistance consultations to families and professionals on special education rights, responsibilities and services regarding specific special education students or issues;
- Direct representation at Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings, due process mediations, and administrative hearings if necessary on behalf of students with disabilities and their parents; and,
- Training on special education rights and services to parents so they to can better advocate for appropriate special education programs and services on behalf of children with disabilities.
CASE supports families by going with them to IEP meetings as a primary service. The CASE service model is based on the premise that the special education process is first and foremost an educational process. It should be collaborative, non-adversarial and student oriented. CASE methods empower parents so that they can effectively advocate for their children in the educational process. CASE services strive to prevent disagreements between parents and school districts from escalating to the need for court intervention.