Ruder Law

Special Education


Disability Rights


Helping families with school problems since 2006.

Located in downtown Pittsburgh, Ruder Law represents parents and students throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Our firm helps families obtain needed educational services for students with disabilities in all school environments, from preschool, through elementary and secondary school, into college and vocational programs.

Whether your child has autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, or emotional difficulties, we will fight for the education your child needs.  

Get in touch with us to set up a consultation, or use the contact form at the bottom of this page to inquire whether our services are right for you.


Contact Ruder Law


429 Forbes Avenue, Suite 450
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219


(412) 281-4959


Areas of Practice

Special Education

We can help your child receive the right Individualized Education Program (IEP) and make sure that it is implemented with fidelity in the classroom.   Under the law, children must receive customized instruction that teaches them at their unique instructional level.   


Students with disabilities are sometimes disciplined unfairly because of behaviors they cannot control.  Pennsylvania law prohibits any punishment for a manifestation of a student’s disability.  Ruder Law attorneys know how to manage discipline questions while addressing the student's underlying behavioral needs.

Behavioral SUpport 

If a student has behaviors that interfere with their learning, they are entitled to a Positive Behavioral Support Plan (PBSP) targeting those behaviors.   Our team knows how to design PBSPs that can support your child, even in their home school.

Changing SCHOOL Placements

Sometimes schools don't have the ability to meet a student's needs, even with added supports and modifications.  We assist parents in finding the right program to make struggling students into lifelong learners.


Students with autism require a wide range of interventions to support their diverse needs.  We can help your child obtain Verbal Behavior programming, sensory accommodations, social skills instruction, and other interventions necessary for your child to succeed at school.


Students with reading disorders may require a specialized program to help them learn to read.  Ruder Law attorneys know how to advocate for multi-sensory direct instruction reading programs within a child's home school setting.  


In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right that must be made available to all on equal terms.
— Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)


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