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Virginia Coalition for Students with Disabilities

About Us

The LEGAL ADVOCACY CENTER is an independent, private, not for profit, tax-exempt corporation formed by advocates dedicated to improving educational services and outcomes for students with disabilities.

The LEGAL ADVOCACY CENTER fosters and supports legal services that will protect and advance the educational rights of students with disabilities in Virginia.

The mission of the LEGAL ADVOCACY CENTER is to achieve a public school system in Virginia which consistently provides to all students with disabilities a free appropriate public education designed to meet their unique needs, to prepare them for employment and independent living, and to ensure that the rights of students with disabilities and their parents are protected.

The goals of the LEGAL ADVOCACY CENTER are:

  • To provide families with the legal assistance needed to effectively represent their children's educational rights and interests.
  • To develop the capacity of the private bar to provide expert legal representation in educational matters for students with disabilities.
  • To support advocacy and legal interventions to ensure that local school divisions in Virginia provide effective educational services to students with disabilities.
  • To support advocacy and legal interventions to ensure that the Virginia Department of Education fulfills its obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal and Virginia laws and regulations applicable to the education of students with disabilities.

The LEGAL ADVOCACY CENTER Board of Directors consists of attorneys, advocates, and parents of children and young adults with disabilities.

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