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Posted by Pat, a Family client,
Diane was both very helpful and reasonable about what to expect. But the most helpful thing about her law firm was the time they took educating us on our rights and teaching us how to be our own advocates. Felt like the money was well worth it.
Posted by Dana, a Education client,
Diane made all the difference in the world to my son and our entire family. Prior to working with her, my son was not receiving appropriate services or having his rights protected, despite all of my best efforts. When Diane joined his team, all of that changed. Her style avoids unnecessary confrontation, is extremely respectful of all participants in the process and makes a world of difference. Simply put, Diane saves lives. In the years we worked with her, I have also recommended her to two friends who have also hired Diane. The challenges the other two children have faced were quite different than those expereinced by my son, but the results were the same. Great service, great insight and FINALLY a chance toreceive free and appropriate public education!
Posted by George, a Education client,
Diane has been a part of our family’s life for a long time. She helped us overcome tremendous obstacles to get what was needed for our son Jon from the local school district. She helped the district understand that Jon’s interests and dreams have been consistent since the beginning of his schooling, they are not just our wishes for him. She helped us to stand up for Jon. Her skilled diplomacy was crucial to the success of both sides in many situations. She has always been there for us and we know she always will be. We thank her for being a part of Jon’s life.
Posted by a Education client,
Attorney Diane Wiscarson is a rare combination of expertise, straight-shooting directness, genuine unpretentious warmth, and passion for what she does. Our family has been consulting her periodically since 2007. At that time, she got the best available in-district public school services lined up for our special-needs nephew; when those proved inadequate, she told us, with her typical integrity, that she was unwilling to waste our money any longer pursuing the district in a case we would almost certainly lose. She let us know, not just as a lawyer but as a trusted observer, that her personal experience had led her to believe that our nephew needed intensive residential treatment (an observation that turned out to be spot-on). She then found us the out-of-state educational consultants we have worked with ever since to determine the appropriate placements for him.
Recently, we turned again to Wiscarson Law with questions occasioned by the fact that our Spectrum-issues family member is now almost an adult and may well end up back in his home state, dependent on whatever public services he is entitled to as a disabled adult. Diane is very much aware, having worked with families like ours for years, that, as difficult as it is to force the state to grant special needs children the education to which they are entitled, the issues and the legal/bureaucratic labyrinth these young people face once they are no longer minors is in some ways even more frightening and confusing. We had no idea what we were facing around guardianship, SSI and disability applications, available group home settings and residential programs in the metropolitan area, etc. Diane referred us to her assistant, Lidia, who did a superb job in filling us in and getting together what information and resources she could, pending our family member’s return to the state. Indeed, Diane’s staff in general seem to display the same genuinely warm efficiency she does; queries are responded to in a timely manner and there have never been billing problems. The firm will continue to be our first stop and go-to Oregon resource in the ongoing struggle to find the best possible solutions and legal arrangement for our special-needs family member.
Posted by Jacqueline, a Education client,
Diane not only was very well educated in education law, she made it easy for us to understand the laws by explaining things in everyday language for us. She kept us included in all emails to and from all parties and worked at getting us exactly what she said she could do.
Posted by a Education client,
Diane Wiscarson is a well known Attorney with a passon for helping families and individuals with Special Needs receive the appropriate services and legal advice needed to turn a bad situation into a positive outcome. She gets straight to the point and never backs down when defending your childs rights to an FAPE. I was so impressed with the way that she put's her whole heart into something and the final results reflected such a positive outcome for both sides. I left our mediation knowing that things would be changed for the better and that if I ever needed someone to have my back again that she's just a phone call away. I most definitely would recommend her to everyone, especially thoses who have children with Special Needs. Our children's disabilites are going to be unique and ever changing and we need someone by our side to represent them in these tough times. Thanks again, Diane and staff for always being so positive and listening to a parent concerns.
Posted by Shannon Koenen, a Education client,
Hired Diane in 2011 to help me obtain services from our School District for my severely learning disabled son. She took over for my previous lawyerwho was not getting the job done. She worked tirelessly with the district to rewrite my son's IEP, and make sure that services were being provided. When the services proved inadequate, she recommended a private school which specializes in helping students with dyslexia, and then worked with me through a mediation process to require the district to pay for the new school.
Throughout the process she and her staff were reliable, knowledgeable and compassionate. She provided information and options, but did not push me toward actions I would have been uncomfortable with. She was tough, but not unprofessional, when dealing with teachers and district staff. Her rates were reasonable and she was careful with my money.
I have recommended her to two friends with similar problems and they have both been satisfied with her services.
My son is now thriving in his new school and I owe a lot of his success to Diane.
Posted by a Education client,
I contacted Diane after having repeated concerns with my son's school personnel regarding various legalities of his IEP. Diane was extremely knowledgeable in all facets of his situation & advised me appropriately re what issues to pursue. She knows many of the ESD players involved & this proved insightful. When the ESD learned Diane was on board they immediately towed a much straighter line. Her record of settling out of court further underscores her reputation as a formidable advocate for SpEd kids. If you are dealing with tough issues concerning your child's education I highly recommend contacting Diane. Her non-nonsense demeanor serves to cut to the meat of the matter directly, which translates into a more cost-effective endeavor. Diane, & her office staff & environs are exceedingly professional & efficient, & I felt very confident in entrusting my son's situation over to her practice. THANK YOU, DIANE!
Posted by Laura, a Guardianship client,
I contacted Wiscarson Law via the internet. I got a quick response and an appt was set up within a week or so. During the guardianship process I was kept informed on a regular basis. Whenever I contacted them, I had a response w/i the day or within 24hrs. They accomplished the guardianship process with a minimum of fuss, well within the cost estimate I was given. I was kept informed monthly of the costs associated, and each billing was specific and detailed. But the best part was having someone who really knew what they were doing walk me through this process, which was quite emotional as well, and feel confident that everything was in good hands. If you have special needs kids and need help with an IEP, guardianship, or finding those resources in the community that your child needs and is entitled to, well there are few that practice that type of law with any competence. Wiscarson Law can do this for you. They have done all of the above for me and both of my children. They have both required assistance, as have I, in getting them the services they were entitled to through the school and the state. I do not know what I would have done without their help.
Posted by Allison, a Education client,
Diane was extremely knowledgeable, effective, and strategic in helping us resolve our issues with our son's school. Once Diane got involved, the school district's attorney had to get involved, so we ended up with effectively TWO advocates explaining to the school that it had legal obligations regarding our child's Individual Education Plan. We thought that Diane would come in with a hammer, but we were completely and happily wrong. Diane treated the entire team - us, our child's teachers, the school administrators, and the school district's attorney - with great courtesy and brought a collaborative problem-solving spirit that proved extremely effective. While we are happy that we have resolved the issues with the school and have closed the case with Diane, we would hire her again in a New York minute.