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About Us

Ruder Law is dedicated to helping parents of children with special needs address educational problems throughout Western Pennsylvania. We assist parents in:

  • Identifying their child as eligible for special education services under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
  • Obtaining the specialized instruction needed to provide FAPE (a free and appropriate public education)
  • Securing necessary supportive services, such as one-on-one aides or behavioral supports,
  • Ensuring an educational placement with typical peers in the least restrictive environment (LRE)
  • Addressing disciplinary problems in manifestation determination meetings and expulsion proceedings
  • Obtaining compensatory education funds for past deprivations of FAPE
  • Pursuing reimbursement for private school placements
  • Stopping bullying and disability-based harassment within the school
  • Litigating disability discrimination and retaliation claims


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