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Shermin, you deserve the congratulations. GOD BLESS YOU and Kwame, I am forever grateful for all the hard work you have done on behalf of Addison. Thank you so very much and please convey my gratitude to Mr. Takiff also, this is exactly what Addie needs, thank you very much much… David beat Goliath!!!
I am so grateful for what you’ve done and I’m so grateful for what your firm does. I would… recommend you in a heartbeat to anybody else that [has] similar needs. So Neal, I wish from the bottom of my heart and my wife’s, I thank you for your consultation, for your support. It appears to me you are great at what you do.
Dear Laura, Thank you for coming to Hope Children’s Hospital on Wednesday. My department was excited about your presentation and felt the information was very valuable… I truly enjoyed meeting you and hope to talk to you again in the future. Your expertise is impressive… Thanks again! (Kathleen Brummet, Education Specialist, Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital)
With extensive experience in both psychology and law, Brooke has spent his entire professional career committed to educating the people and the organizations who work with children with disabilities. He has been a strong advocate for these children, ensuring that their voices are heard and their rights are protected… I personally know Brooke Whitted and have relied on his expertise and experience on numerous occasions. His continued dedication and contributions to children and youth with disabilities are invaluable. (Kathleen A. Ryg, Illinois State Representative, 59th District)
Thank you so much for all that you, Neal, Tracy and all of your staff have done to help Amanda… I wanted to send a letter explaining what a difference that your help has made in Amanda’s life. I now realize that a single letter could never contain everything that needs to be said… Thank you so much for helping me to find the right solution for Amanda at this point in her education, and for teaching me about other options that we may need to investigate the future.
I want to thank all of you for all of your efforts with today’s meeting… After the heartfelt renderings on Natalie’s behalf and the attorney for the district went on to say how well Natalie is doing at ____ and how they would wait a while for public school placement. Am I supposed to wait until my daughter shows up in a body bag to get them to understand the seriousness of this situation? I am so glad to have such a wonderful team supporting us, I know that this situation would be much more dire than it is without all of you. Brooke, you are a gentleman and a scholar and I want you to know how grateful I am to you.
I want to again thank you for responding to my e-mail, meeting me at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Your immediate contact, references and advice, in a horrific situation, were so incredibly kind. I am simply blown away (at a loss for words). I have since referred you to two parents, who have had issues with school. I don’t know where this will go, but I wanted to take the time to thank you.
[My husband] and I want to thank you and your wonderful partners and staff for the devotion to our case, and for the results that you attained for Sydney… At our last staff meeting this past summer, her teachers were so impressed with her progress in such a short time… We cannot thank you enough for your concerns about the risk analysis in respect to our financial situation, and are ever grateful for your candor… We’ll keep you posted as things go along.
Many thanks for all your help. Liam is settling in nicely… all is well. We are very happy that Liam is at ____ Academy. It’s made a difference in all our lives!
Words can hardly begin to express the warmth and gratitude I feel toward you, your staff and your lovely wife for all that you’ve done for Keenan and me. It has been a long and arduous road for all of us. From the outset each and every individual in your office has consistently treated me with dignity, compassion and at times even a little levity. They are wonderful, dedicated people. You should be proud of your team as I’m sure you are… Often, and of great value, was that you succinctly told me the truth without embellishment when the news was bad. You then gave me choices via offering options with rationale which assisted in us moving toward the solution as a team. I do not know the law; but that you included me in the decision making process is so empowering to a parent who feels helpless and hopeless and in such an altogether powerless situation… To all of you, thank you. I am eternally grateful for the professional and warm way in which you have treated me.
Practice Areas for Parents
- Special Education Law
- Suspension and Expulsion Hearings
- School Residency Issues
- Release of School Records and Confidentiality Issues
- Adult and Juvenile Defense
- Mental Health Law
- Civil and Criminal Litigation
Every child has unique and individual needs. Due process, equal protection, and both state and federal special education law require that every student has access to an appropriate education. If your school district has failed to meet the educational needs of your child, we can help.
Are you the parent of a child who has been threatened with suspension or expulsion from school? You have a right to request a suspension or expulsion hearing through the school district, and the right to protect your child’s access to an appropriate education. The attorneys and advocates of Whitted, Takiff + Hansen, LLC, can help.
Have you received a letter in the mail from your school board requesting payment for out-of-district tuition, even though your child resides in the school district? You have the right to appeal through a school residency hearing. The attorneys and advocates of Whitted, Takiff + Hansen, LLC, can stand by your side to protect your rights and those of your child.
The Illinois School Student Records Act and the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act require school records confidentiality. This applies to all education records, including educational assessments, disciplinary records, mental health records, counseling notes, and psychiatric evaluations. If you feel your child’s school records confidentiality has been breached or that the record contains incorrect or inappropriate information, we can help.
Brooke R. Whitted was formerly appointed by the Superintendent of the Illinois State Board of Education to the Illinois Anti-Bullying and Harassment Task Force. This statutorily-created group will explore causes and consequences of bullying, as well as develop guidelines for school districts to most effectively address this pervasive national issue. For more information, see below, as well as the Task Force’s website.
At Whitted, Takiff + Hansen, LLC, we provide experienced adult criminal defense and juvenile defense for clients the greater Chicago area, Cook County, Lake County, DuPage County, and the other collar counties, and throughout northern Illinois.
If you are the parent of a child with special needs, whether your child has autism, Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome, a learning disability, a behavioral disability, a physical disability or an emotional disability, you need to protect your legal right to make educational, medical, and financial decisions on your childâs behalf. We can help you.
Mental health issues in children have reached an increasingly disturbing level in the past decade, and research has uncovered that in Illinois 1 in 10 children now suffer from a mental illness, however only 20% of those actually receive mental health services. There was such a concern regarding this increasing problem in Illinois that a task force was created and ultimately led to the creation of the Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003, a law in Illinois which now mandates school districts to address this problem through curriculum and various support services. In addition to this law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) also mandates that children who qualify for an Emotional Disability receive an appropriate education by their local school district.
WTH offers years of experience in the civil and criminal litigation arena, and our representation of professionals in the state and federal courts encompasses various areas, including contract disputes, arbitration issues, administrative hearing appeals, as well as to the areas of school, special education and mental health laws. While the firm prides itself on working to resolve disputes without litigation, we have the experience and knowledge to represent you in both civil and criminal law matters that are related to education and mental health issues.