As a mother of a child who went through the public school system, Sonya understand how to get the most out of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. The first step is assuring the child is adequately evaluated to determine the present level of academic achievement and functional performance. This process identifies the needs and challenges that the child has so that the family can assert what goals the child should be working on in school. Critical to a child’s success are the supplemental aids and services, modifications and accommodations that stem from the needs identified and goals of the IEP.
It is Sonya’s goal to assert the interests of the family while continuing to nurture and enhance the family’s relationship with the school district. The best results for kids stem from school districts understanding families’ interests and being receptive to the issues families bring to the table. This isn’t always possible and due process rights sometimes need to be asserted.
"Sonya Fischer is the finest special needs lawyer in Oregon and someone I trust implicitly."
Michael Bailey (Chair of the National Disability Rights Network)