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Notice of Class Certification for J.S.M. v. NYC DOE
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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?
Words cannot express how much I appreciate what the Law Firm of Tamara Roff has done for me! I have been on a journey with my son for many years now. I started out being represented by someone who never returned my calls and made me feel like my questions were a burden. I felt like I was floundering with no real guidance, and my anxiety levels were through the roof! I felt alone with no one available to give me the answers and explain the process I so desperately needed to understand. Not only that, but I never knew what was going on with my son’s case. Eventually, upon recommendation, I switched to the Law Firm of Tamara Roff. Honestly, I was expecting the same exact experience. However, to my surprise this was the most beautiful part of my journey. I was working with Lauren Goldberg, a lawyer who held my hand throughout, always patient and willing to explain and prep me until I felt confident. She communicated regularly, always getting back to me within 24 hours (if not sooner) and truly gave me a feeling that I was being held throughout this stressful process of dealing with the board of Ed and helping my son get the services he so very desperately needed. I can’t thank Lauren and the Law Firm of Tamara Roff enough for being there for me in my time of need! At this point, although I am no longer in need of their services I just want all the readers to know that if they are truly looking for an experience that is as free of anxiety as possible (under the circumstances), I highly recommend that you take the same route I chose, and go with the Law Firm of Tamara Roff. I am confident you’ll be as happy as I was!
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.