According to Darling, this pro-bono commitment has far greater implications for her than simply offering legal counsel. By helping TECA grow and gain prominence on Long Island, she is lending invaluable support to parents, like herself, with a twice exceptional child. ‘The hurdles that parents go through in the special education system are often monumental. Coupled with the challenges of educating a twice exceptional children, a parent can be lost and in panic-mode when seeking appropriate services. As an attorney and as a parent, I feel duty-bound to be a prominent advocate for the twice exceptional child.’
The firm announced the formation of its Special Education Law Practice in February 2003. Chaired by Ms. Darling, the parent of a twice exceptional child, Meyer, Suozzi is responding to increasing requests for assistance to secure timely educational evaluations, services and accommodations for children in public and private school settings under federal and state regulations. Joining Ms. Darling in the Special Education Law practice is Lynn M. Brown, also the parent of a special needs child.