Students and families who do not speak English as a first language face huge challenges in getting timely access to special education services. Information on education services is often available only in English, and families may struggle to have their child’s needs understood. Parents are often isolated from the education decision-making process because of language barriers, denying them the right to be part of an IEP or educational decision-making team.
For special needs students who are English language learners, even getting evaluated for education services can prove difficult. The school may not recognize that a student who speaks another language has a learning disability that requires services. Even if the school agrees to an evaluation, it may not find an evaluator who speaks the student’s native language.
At Ramos Law, we can make sure your voice is heard. Our attorneys are uniquely qualified to help families who do not use English as a first language. We have always focused our work on advocating for all families to have a seat at the table, especially if a parent is limited in the ability to speak, understand, read, or write English. Our staff has lived and worked around the world and understand the importance and impact of cultural differences.
We have broad language knowledge, including fluency in Spanish, English, and Portuguese and a working knowledge of multiple other languages. We work closely with interpreters, translators, and cultural brokers to make sure all of our clients feel valued.