We can make a difference in the education of your child with special needs
Wiscarson Law serves a wide range of needs for individuals with disabilities. For over twenty years, our focus has been special education law, and ensuring that students receive a free appropriate public education. We primarily help families resolve special education issues and conflicts by working collaboratively with school districts.
Wiscarson Law understands that every individual has unique needs. Our attorneys and staff are here to ensure those needs are met in every facet of life. We simplify complex rules and regulations so that individuals and families can make informed decisions. We help families in a variety of ways, from providing behind the scenes advice to representing families in special…
How We Can Help
We work individually with each family to understand their specific needs
Because of our background and experience in both education law and disability within our own lives, the attorneys and staff at Wiscarson Law understand the impact that a special needs child can have on an entire family – including the crushing financial effect. Throughout the history of Wiscarson Law, we have always been sensitive to this issue and have developed…
What Our Clients Are Saying
Great Advocate for Special Needs Children
The team at Wiscarson Law helped us navigate the IEP process with Portland Public Schools with the result that our daughter now has a terrific placement in a safe classroom with excellent and caring instructors. I would recommend this law firm to anyone who is struggling to obtain a free and appropriate education for their special-needs child.
“I wanted to thank you for being there for us this year and believe me, I know we’ll need you next year as well!! Thanks again for all your help Diane. We wouldn’t have made it without you!”
“She is doing great! Because of all your help, she is in a regular ed class with pull-outs for reading and a tiny bit of socialization. Truth be told, she wouldn’t have received all that she has and wouldn’t have progressed so far without you.”
“Thanks again for all your wonderful support.”
“Thank you very much for your help with the meeting last week. We are very happy to have the 504 plan for [our daughter]. I remain amazed at how difficult this process was and wonder if there are things I/we could do to make this process better for others. Let me know if you think there is anything else we can do along those lines. Otherwise, we are so grateful for your help and professionalism through the process.”
We hired Diane to help us with a complex and difficult case involving our child’s special education with our public school district. When I was interviewing attorneys, from the moment I first interviewed her, I knew she would be the one we hired. She is an exceptionally kind and brilliant attorney who truly understands both the legal and emotional aspects involved with special education for special needs, twice exceptional children. Our situation taking over our case from another firm who didn’t work out. She clearly explained the process, set expectations around timing and possible outcomes, and expenses in a way that we, as non-lawyers, could easily understand. She and her staff (shout to her colleague Taylar!) even expertly identified issues in our case which neither we nor the other firm had not noticed, giving us additional grounds for our due process complaint. Our case was so complicated that I think I the opening statement for the due process complaint was over 80 pages long! This may sound like hyperbole, but I mean this literally. I cannot think of anything Diane and her team could have done differently to make the case go smoother. Our case progressed to trial (a due process hearing with a Washington state Administrative Law Judge). Not only did we “win” our case, but we got pretty much everything we asked for. The Judge himself, in his written decision, commented on how appalling the school district’s performance was, with respect to their handling of our child’s special education. I am convinced this outcome would not have occurred if we had not selected Wiscarson Law. She truly changed the trajectory of our child’s life in a deeply profound way, for which we will always be grateful. Bottom line: if you need an advocate or legal representation to help you with the special education of your child, run, not walk, to Diane’s office. You’ll be very glad you did!