The project provides limited legal representation, legal advice and know-your-rights education to families/caregivers of students ages 14-21 who receive special education about the student’s right to have transition planning and services included in the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) to help prepare the student for life after high school.
We provide free educational materials and presentations on rights to “transition services” under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Please email Darlene Hemerka at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-627-7100 ex.259 if you would like information on transition services, or if you have a group that would like to learn about transition planning and services. Ms. Hemerka leads this project as an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
To find out if this program can provide you with free legal services, please complete a confidential request for help form.
This form is to help determine eligibility for the Public Interest Law Center’s disability-based employment discrimination legal services for clients in Pennsylvania. Please complete this form ONLY if you are seeking legal help with a transition issue, and only if you reside in Pennsylvania.
Please be on notice: By agreeing to a consultation, we are not agreeing to take your case. We do not represent you at this time. We will review the information you provided and if you are eligible we will contact you within 2 weeks. If you are not eligible, we will notify you within 60 days.
Please note we do not accept requests for help over the phone. You must complete this form to be considered for eligibility for legal services. You can mail, email or fax a copy with any supporting documents. If you have copies of documents that support your claim, please submit them with your form. You can also mail copies (no originals please—they will not be returned), email, or fax copies to:
Preparing Students with Disabilities for Life after School
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
- Thursday, February 28, 2019. 12:30-5:-0 p.m. Darlene Hemerka will give a presentation on transition services for life after high school at a half-day symposium on restorative justice and interactions with the criminal justice system for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The free symposium is hosted by PersonLink, a PHMC program. PersonLink, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103. More information here.