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Arizona Special Education Practice Areas

The Law Office of Richard J. Murphy, PLC is focused on special education law.  Special education law is complex so it is important to hire an attorney or firm that understands your rights under special education law. Below are a number of matters that may arise in a special education case.

If you are the parent of a child with a disability and would like more information about your rights (and your child's rights), please contact the Law Office of Richard J. Murphy, PLC.


If your child has a disability that is affecting his or her ability to learn in school, he or she may be entitled to special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA) or accommodations under various antidiscrimination laws. Under the IDEA, some of the qualifying disabilities include:



•Developmental delay

•Emotional disability

•Hearing impairment

•Other health impairments, including ADHD

•Specific learning disability (such as dyslexia)

•Mild, moderate or severe mental retardation

•Speech/language impairment

•Traumatic brain injury, and

•Visual impairment


Your relationship with the school district should be built on trust and cooperation with everyone looking out for your child's needs. If that is the case for you, great! That is how the system is supposed to work.


However, all too often, the school district fails to live up to its responsibilities, fails to follow through on promised services, fails to implement the correct program and services for your child. As a result, your child may not be making the progress he or she could be with the proper help.


When that happens, you need someone on your side to help you navigate this process. The school district has experts and attorneys working for them and so should you.


Please contact the Law Office of Richard J. Murphy, PLC today if you have any questions or concerns about your child's educational needs.


We can assist with any concern you might have concerning your child's educational rights and remedies including:


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•Recent diagnosis of disability

•Evaluation for Special Education eligibility

•Independent Education Evaluation (at district expense)

•Functional Behavior Assessments/Behavior Intervention Plans

•Private School Placement at public expense

•The school district not following your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP)

•Refusal to provide special education or related services

•Expulsion/Discipline/Suspension of your child

•Due Process Hearings

•State Complaints

•Federal litigation or lawsuits (if applicable)


Division of Developmental Disabilities Benefits: Students with certain disabilities may be eligible for benefits with the Division of Developmental Disabilities or DDD.  If you have been denied benefits by the DDD, you may have right to appeal the decision. 


Richard Murphy has handled cases involving DDD benefits. He has successfully represented a family in securing DDD benefits. 

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