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Obtaining appropriate special education services for your child can often feel like an overwhelming process, if not a Herculean feat. In the best of situations, parents and their school districts will agree on what service, support, and classroom setting a student requires. However, when disagreements arise, a parent may find that it is best to seek assistance from someone knowledgeable about their rights and their child’s rights. The attorneys and staff at the Law Firm of Tamara Roff are prepared to help you navigate each step of your child’s education – from your son or daughter’s earliest evaluations as a preschool student, to their high school graduation, and every stage in between. We are here to act as the defender of your child’s right to a free, appropriate public education, but also realize that – as with raising a child – it takes a village. Our Firm will work closely with you and your child’s “team” (their teachers, related service providers, evaluators, doctors, etc.); we want to make sure that all involved are informed of their rights and responsibilities, so that your child receives the educational services they need. While we always first try to work collaboratively with your school district to come a solution, our team also includes experienced litigators who are prepared to advocate for your child at impartial due process hearings.
At the Law Firm of Tamara Roff, we’re in this together.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY?
Integrity, dedication and perseverance, are all cornerstone principles sought after and highly valued in a strong work ethic. I have just described the Law Offices of Tamara Roff with the fortuitous inclusion of enormous kindness. This is a very successful combination that wins for your child in securing his or her educational needs in the Special Ed community.I firmly believe in their approach, philosophy and success rate within a completely parent-friendly environment where your children’s educational rights are their utmost concern.I was very fortunate to have the brilliant Lauren Goldberg represent my son against the Department of Education in my son’s case every single year, and every year we won! And, due to my son’s unique special needs, his case had many nuances and issues, and she tackled every one with a steadfast commitment.Now, here’s the bonus: Lauren is extraordinarily kind, helpful, patient and great fun.If anyone has further questions or is undecided in anyway, Tamara or Lauren can put you in touch with me. I would be happy to speak to your concerns. That is the golden standard of excellence I believe this law firm gives their clients.
Having to deal with the Dep’t of Education about your child’s IEP needs can be frustrating to say the least. You know what your child needs and rather than working with you for your child’s best interest, it is like they are working against you. Three year ago the DoE declassified my daughter’s IEP leaving her with no related services. My husband and I were beside ourselves trying to understand how the decision to remove OT and PT from a child who was born with one hand could be made. We decided to dispute their decision and move to an Impartial. We were so lucky to find ourselves in the offices of Tamara Roff.
Tammi was absolutely amazing. She not only knows her way around SpEd law; that is a given. She actually took the time to really know and understand our daughter’s disability and how it does and can affect not only her academics but also her social daily life skills. She worked with the physical and occupational therapists who had been working with our daughter for years so that she had as clear of a picture of our daughter’s needs as we did. Tammi took the time to learn about our family and how we function together. When Tammi spoke on behalf of our daughter she spoke with our voice. We never expected this kind of attention to detail but because of it I never questioned Tammi’s advice or decisions in handling our Impartial. Not only did we win the Impartial we know that the DoE heard our voice.
I recommend Tammi Roff without a moment’s pause or hesitation. She is a true advocate for children.
“The legal community is blessed with many talented Attorneys and Tammi Roff is amongst that elite cadre of professionals. Most importantly she combines legal knowledge with sound practical counsel all enveloped within a genuine warm and caring concern. As a parent of a special needs child the enormous daily challenges are intensified by the travails of navigating the educational system and we have been blessed that Tammi Roff has compassionately guided and represented us in our advocacy for our child.”
Tuneria Taylor, Esq. has been a godsend to my family, and has been the voice for our son Christopher who was diagnosed with a processing delay. She is truly an activist for school children diagnosed with learning disabilities. She is very honest, patient and thorough. We met with her to review our notes and Christopher’s school records and discussed how we were forced to find a new school for Christopher because the NYC DOE was unable to provide him with his educational needs. She identified where the New York City Department of Education failed him and followed through to a successful outcome.
After attempting to provide Christopher with the education that he rightfully deserved, NYC DOE told us that they were unable to provide the services he needed. However, they never offered an alternative solution or placement for him at an accredited educational institution. Taking matters into our own hands, we took him out and enrolled him in a private school, which provides differentiated instructional programming for children with specific learning disabilities. After paying tuition costs from our own funds, I was not reimbursed from our School District and was not given any assurance that we would be reimbursed. The NYC Department of Education abandoned our son.
Seeking justice for our son and reimbursement for his very costly education costs, we turned to Ms. Tuneria Taylor. She took the time to explain all the steps of the proceedings and walked us through each step. She took Christopher’s case, worked on his behalf for what was rightfully his, and ultimately tuition reimbursement was granted. Even after we were granted reimbursement and her work was essentially done, she has followed up to see how Christopher is doing.
My family owes a great deal of gratitude for Ms. Roff and Ms. Taylor’s attentiveness, thoroughness and empathy through years of educational cases on behalf of my special needs son. They have watched and assisted my son in growing into the amazing young man he is today. Without their expertise, professionalism and strong commitment, his life course thus far would have been very different.
MEET OUR TEAM
Tamara Roff has over 15 years of experience working as an attorney fighting for appropriate educational opportunities for children with special needs. She has represented the families of hundreds of children in a variety of capacities, including advocacy at IEP meetings, mediation, and representation throughout the impartial hearing process. Ms. Roff has also represented parents in appeals to the New York State Review Officer and federal court. Ms. Roff represented the parents in the landmark decision Mr. and Mrs. A v. NYCDOE, which ensured that families with limited financial resources could seek direct tuition funding of an appropriate private school placement from their local school district when the school district failed to offer their child a free and appropriate public education.