Education Legal Rights Project


Call (239) 775-4555 for assistance
The Education Legal Rights Project (ELRP) – a component of Legal Aid’s Legal Aid for Collier Kids Project – provides legal representation to students with needs that are not being met in the school system because of a learning disability, physical, mental or emotional disability, other health impairment, or other disabling condition under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The IDEA ensures that all children with disabilities affecting their education have available to them a free and appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living.

The ELRP provides free education services on behalf of eligible children in need that include:

  • Assisting students in receiving timely testing, IDEA eligibility determinations, and proper placement
  • Ensuring the student receives appropriate and effective special education services in a timely manner
  • Attendance and representation of students at Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings
  • Representation at Administrative hearings and Due Process hearings and in litigation when necessary
  • Obtaining independent psychological evaluations from professionals outside the school system
  • Referrals to outside social service organizations, as appropriate

Get Help:

Legal Aid wants to ensure that children residing in Collier County who are at-risk where their safety or well being is threatened can obtain the legal assistance they need so that they can be safe, and live in a stable, nurturing environment.

Anyone seeking assistance under the Legal Aid for Collier Kids Project should contact Legal Aid at (239) 775-4555 to start the intake process.

The ELRP and the Legal Aid for Collier Kids Project is funded in part through a grant from the Naples Children and Education Foundation (NCEF), Founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival.