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Special Education Advocacy Clinic

Objectives

The objectives of the Pepperdine Special Education Advocacy Clinic relative to students are to

  1. Introduce students to public interest law;
  2. Teach students substantive special education law as applied to actual factual situations;
  3. Teach students about the nature of disabilities encountered in special education law;
  4. Facilitate students' awareness of the unique qualities possessed by persons with disabilities that enrich the lives of those who interact with them;vHelp students develop competency in the knowledge and skills required to be a special education law practitioner;
  5. Teach students the various strategies to be used in meeting clients' special education needs, including alternative dispute resolution processes. In that regard, students will seek collaborative resolution of special education issues on behalf of clients, where possible, and employ competitive strategies where collaborative efforts are met with exploitation.

The objectives of the Pepperdine Special Education Advocacy Clinic relative to parents and families of children with disabilities are to

  1. Empower parents and family members of Regional Center Consumers by teaching them their rights and responsibilities relative to special education law;
  2. Empower parents and family members of Regional Center Consumers by teaching them conflict resolution and problem-solving skills necessary to interact with educational agencies regarding special education issues;
  3. Assess special education legal issues for clients of the Clinic;
  4. Advocate for clients' special education rights by attending IEP's with parents and/or family members;
  5. Provide resource information for clients whose special education legal needs exceed the capacity and/or purpose of the Clinic.