Today, Thursday, July 9, 2009 , please call your Congressional Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 2740, the IDEA Fairness Restoration Act. Ask friends, colleagues, clients, and family members to call too. It will only take a few minutes.
The IDEA Fairness Restoration Act will allow parents to recover the cost of expert witness fees if they prevail in a due process hearing. This bipartisan bill will help to level the playing field and make the right to due process affordable for parents.
If you do not know who your Congressional Representative is, go to http://www.house.gov/ and put your zip code into the box in the upper left corner. Dial 202-224-3121 (TTY 202-225-1904). This is the main switchboard. Ask for your Congressperson's office.
It is helpful to ask for the Education Aide, but you can also talk to the person who answers the phone. If you get voicemail, please leave a message. Tell them you are a constituent and would like the Congressperson to co-sponsor H.R. 2740, the IDEA Fairness Restoration Act.
Over 200 organizations support the IDEA Fairness Restoration Act, including the Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates, Inc. (COPAA), Easter Seals, National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC), National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), LDA, DREDF, TASH, CHADD, Center for Law and Education, Epilepsy Foundation, Autism Society of America, United Cerebral Palsy, Our Children Left Behind, and many others.
A few minutes of your time CAN make a difference. Thank you for your support.
Warm regards,Nanci Schiman, MSW
CABF Program Manager