When you think about discrimination in an official setting, you might often think of someone being discriminated against in the workplace. But you don't have to be an adult to experience discrimination; kids can, unfortunately, be exposed to this too. If your child suffers from a disability, there might come a day when you find out that your kid's school is not doing the right thing. If you fear your child has been the victim of discrimination at school, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Know the Laws
Thankfully, there are federal and also state laws that specifically protect students from disability. For now, suffice to say that every public school in the country is legally required to ensure that students with disabilities have the same access and general opportunities at school as a child with none. If you think your kid's school is not doing this, you should research the laws in your specific state for more information.
Hire an Attorney
Of course, one of the best ways to get research on both state and federal disability laws is to hire a lawyer who is already an expert on the subject. He or she can help you pinpoint the exact laws or statutes that are applicable to your situation and guide you through the next steps. A law firm that offers disability discrimination law services may also get your kid's school to take the situation quite seriously by simply being involved. No one likes getting a phone call or letter from a lawyer.
While you likely already have an idea in your head about what happened, you need evidence you can actually present in court. This might include having you or your child create a written or video-recorded statement about what happened. Your lawyer may be able to request security footage from the school or surrounding properties if there is video evidence of what occurred.
But while you are collecting evidence, be sure to maintain a positive outlook with your child. Going through life with a disability is hard enough of course, and you don't want your child to think they did anything wrong once people start asking questions. This is especially true if your child is very young or has a mental disability that might make it more difficult to understand what all of the fuss is about.
Contact a local law firm like Shegerian & Associates, INC. today for more information.