In addition to federal protections, state level constitutional, statutory, and common law protections exist for autistic children. In the area of education law, budgetary pressures combined with rising rates of autism and the struggle between the two primary views of autism are likely to influence legal developments in this area.

Many state and federal laws may affect the education of an autistic child. The primary federal laws impacting autistic children in schools include: (1) the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”); (2) the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”); (3) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (“Section 504”); and (4) the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

Many autistic families have cards to hand out explaining that their child is autistic. Why do we wear a shirt or hand out cards notifying strangers our children have autism?

What is autism?
What causes autism?
What are the prevailing societal views influencing the treatment of autism in medical, legal, and educational circles?

Over the month of April, we will be blogging about several areas of the law and how the law affects, and is affected by, those with autism. We invite you to visit our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and read and share our blog as we do our part to raise autism awareness. Join us as we Light Up the Law In Blue.

Our new blog!

At Payne Law, we spend a lot of time focused on our clients! However, we each try to spend some time researching areas of law that interest us. We’ll be posting articles that we write here, or linking to other articles that we think our visitors might find interesting! If you have a topic you’d like […]