Pegasus is proud to announce its new Education Justice Project, which provides advocacy support and direct legal representation to young people eligible for special education services in Sandoval County who are also involved with, or at risk of involvement in, the juvenile justice system.
The project helps parents ask for an evaluation to determine if their child has a disability, helps ensure that schools provide appropriate services, and provides advocacy and consultation on a wide range of special education and disability issues.
The project targets the many students with disabilities who receive discipline in school, including suspensions in and out of school, when what they really need is access to a high quality education. Many disabilities also go undetected despite the requirements of federal law, and it is clear that obtaining appropriate educational services is linked to reducing recidivism and to a higher chance of graduation.
The Education Justice Project is a United Way grant-funded collaboration between Pegasus Legal Services for Children, Disability Rights New Mexico, and the Native American Disability Law Center. For more information please visit http://pegasuslaw.org/ejp/.