Welcome to the Law Office of Rhoda J Nelson website. We hope you will find the information useful for your particular needs, whether you are in Texas or Florida and need a lawyer, or for needs in other states where services offered are Special Education Advocacy and Mediation. We look forward to hearing from you.
Rhoda J Nelson is licensed to practice law in FLORIDA and TEXAS ONLY, focusing on Special Education consultation, settlement and due process claims, uncontested divorces, guardianships for adult disabled, wills and trusts (particularly elder and disabled estate planning), probate settlement cases offering. Consultation can be provided by phone or in-person after contracting for services. She offers NON-LEGAL SPECIAL EDUCATION advocacy services for disabled children (Individual with Disabilities Act and Section 504) including review of educational and evaluation records, consultation with school personnel regarding Individual Educational Plans and Free Appropriate Public Education and other related disability issues, ADA consultation in the work place, university and colleges and examinations (SAT, LSAT, BAR Exams) and mediation services, family, civil, dependency (Child Protective Services) and juvenile and in all other states. Rhoda J Nelson is a graduate of South Texas College of Law and is licensed to practice law only in the States of Florida and Texas. She also holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education, is a trained mediator in family law, juvenile, child protective services, and civil mediations, and has more than 25 years experience in public and private education. Ms. Nelson is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP), a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (Texas) and an Educational Diagnostician. Ms. Nelson's professional background and training provide a solid foundation of experience to address current issues over a broad spectrum of activities.
Please let me know if you have a specific question.
What do I do when I know my child is having academic or behavioral difficulties in school and the school personnel are not making any real positive change with my child?
There are many different ways to go about finding what your child needs and what the school may or must do to help him or her. Generally, it is important to make a request in writing (be sure to keep a DATED copy of all correspondence sent to the school) for a referral to whatever committee or system is designed for children who are suspected of having a disability or handicap, even if you do not quite know much about that child, will be fine, rather than searching for the correct process to actually help the child. Sometimes the person you inform does not know specifically what you are asking or how to get the needed evaluation or services. You may prefer to contact an advocate who can navigate this complex process for you.
Years of experience with school districts and knowlede of the courts systems are available to you.
Texas Collaborative Law Site
Visit the Collaborative Law site for additional information.
Years of experience in the school systems in Texas and the courts in Texas and Florida are available to you.