A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH, EFFICIENT, PROFESSIONAL
Emily and team worked very quickly and professionally in a tight time frame to address our move involving an education matter that was in our best interest.... They worked for a win / win situation for everyone involved .... Our options were outlined quickly, and the best outcome was achieved. We appreciated the quick review and communication, steering us to the best solution not only for us but for everyone involved... Would highly recommend.... A pleasure to work with especially considering the tight time frame and stressful situation. Also -- for what it is worth, I rarely, if ever write reviews or recommend services. - D.F.
There can be no greater decision in life than hiring a firm to represent your child’s interest. Emily S. Haynes was able to couple great legal advocacy with soulful compassion. Emily protected our son while fighting fiercely on his behalf. Her leadership and protective spirit allowed my child to openly express the difficulty of his struggle for the first time. He found his voice. Emily gave him that opportunity. Emily put together a team that reached a positive resolution that previously looked impossible. Thank you, Emily. - John
CARING, ATTENTIVE, PROFESSIONAL
I cannot say enough positive things about my experience with Emily. She spent the time working with us on prepping for our transition IEP meeting and inquired about things I would never have thought of during the meeting. She helped us rewrite the document and was an absolute essential part of our team. - Margaret
INSTRUMENTAL IN SETTING OUR SON UP FOR SUCCESS
We decided to seek legal counsel after encountering ongoing IEP documentation errors, repeated communication failures, and a lack of follow through on district policies during our son's kindergarten year. The building was under new leadership, and difficult encounters with the principal began to pile up with surmounting frustration. Our kindergartner had an IEP and BIP in place in which the goals primarily centered around social language and behavior. One of the first items Ms. Haynes tackled was identifying the high volume of social speech verbiage noted on the IEP and BIP. This prompted Ms. Haynes to submit a request for a speech pragmatics evaluation. It was found that our son was also delayed in speech pragmatics and is now set up to receive speech services for the next academic year. Ms. Haynes also went to bat in advocating for an IEE for an Auditory Processing Screening (based on the results of the speech evaluation). In addition to social delays, our son also has food allergies/sensitivities that correlate with his medical condition. Despite providing the district with physician documentation, they refused to place our son's dietary restrictions in his IEP. Ms. Haynes went to work collecting data and research, on local, state, and national levels, in support of safety and inclusion in elementary schools. She cited research from the Office of Civil Rights, Ohio Revised Code, Food Allergy Resource and Education, the Center for Disease Control, USDA, and our local district's Board Policies. Several IEP meetings transpired with no movement from our district regarding our reasonable requests for non-edible classroom manipulatives or in the secondary, classroom edibles to be taken from a safe snack list. Emily Haynes made a key decision to request ODE mediation for what ended up being our most productive IEP meeting. It was during that meeting that we were finally able to reach agreements in keeping our son safe and included in the classroom and building. Ms. Haynes laid out a thorough and productive plan to streamline communication between the district and parents. Emily Haynes brought to the table an immense amount of professionalism, knowledge, strength, compassion, and persistence. The time she allotted to research was phenomenal and, in our opinion, was a catalyst for forward progress during IEP meetings. She remained sharp and on time with communication between all parties involved. Ms. Haynes was conscious of our time and financial commitment when making decisions. At no point did we feel our finances were not put to good use nor did we ever feel out of the loop in the decision making. We can say with certainly, Emily Haynes was instrumental in setting up our son for success on a classroom level for his first-grade year. We would highly recommend the services of Ms. Haynes to parents searching for guidance in a committed professional. Her knowledge and experience in special education law was a key asset to our success. Should we need future assistance, we would eagerly request the counsel of Ms. Haynes again. – Susie
5 STARS - CHILD ADVOCACY
Emmy attended school meetings with me and kept emotions from ruling the meetings. She won long overdue services for my struggling child. When I was at loss for words, she was there with the words needed to win the cause. You are better off with Emmy in your corner than going against the school on your own. - Amber
EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE & SUPPORTIVE
Emmy reviewed 2 years of emails and IEP documentation to support us through a difficult conflict with our daughter's school. With Emmy's help, we were able to see the merits of what the school was offering as supports for our daughter. In addition, she helped us to transition from an IEP to a 504 while fighting for what is best for our daughter. We are pleased with Emmy's services and will retain her again in the future if necessary. - Deborah
PROFESSIONAL, SUPPORTIVE, & EMPATHETIC
I can't say enough great things about Emmy - she was extremely responsive and provided amazing legal and emotional support to our family. She consistently went above and beyond from working on a Sunday to checking in with us before, during, and after our legal needs. She handled and resolved our case quickly and with a positive outcome. I highly recommend having Emmy in your corner! - Amanda
HELPED SON FIND HIS VOICE
My son was completing his doctorate degree and was not able to pass his internships. The University was in the hearing process to dismiss him from the program. His GPA for classwork was honors level but he was having difficulty with organization and interpersonal skills. After completing testing and finding a disability Emily assisted my son with his appeal and he was allowed to continue with accommodations. The hearing process was long and difficult and without Emily I don’t believe we would have won. She was very kind and honest with my son and helped him develop his voice to advocate for himself. My son completed all three of his internships successfully and will be graduating this week with his Doctorate degree. We can’t thank Emily enough!! – Shelley
You are the first and last person I will think of that area [special education]. - Barry W. Littrell, Esq.
I worked with Emily representing a client in a serious and complicated matter. Emily is great to work with as she is responsive with communication and she informed me about areas of law that I was not familiar with. Together we were able to secure an excellent result for our client. – Clayton Crates, Esq.
Emmy is someone that truly knows how to make you feel comfortable and at ease. She is diligent with her work and unbelievably knowledgeable in her practice area. She pays attention to your needs, and I would feel 100% confident referring anyone to her for legal help or advocacy. – Chelsea Berger, Esq.