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Meet Adam Wasserman of Education Justice Law Group

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Wasserman.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Adam. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
When I was 22 years old, I had my first job out of college. I was a salesman, and college had been extremely difficult, as had every other part of my education and I thought I was done with school forever. When I was walking down the hall, out of a closed door, I heard a recording, that said, “You can go where you wanna go, you can be what you wanna be, you can do what you want to do,” and that was the lightening moment for me. Where I realized that I was going to be able to do much more with my life than I ever thought I was going to be able to do.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As someone who has balanced disabilities my entire life, the road hasn’t been easy. I grew up during a time where disabilities were greatly misunderstood and widely disregarded.

I grew up being referred to as “stupid,” and I was also called horrible names like “car crash under the eyes” because of injuries I had sustained. I was told, “you’ll never be able to do this; you’ll never be able to do that because of who you are.” As hard as that was to hear all of those things – an alter ego started emerging at a very young age, that told me to block it out, hang in there, and ignore it.

I learned to listen to that voice. It meant to keep believing in what I believed in, no matter what the experts were saying because there was a greater truth – I knew what I was capable of! I’ve stayed with that thought my entire life. I do things my way, it’s not that I don’t take constructive criticism, but when everybody tells me I’m wrong, I always try to find ways to prove that I’m right with data, science, and care.

In my law practice, I work with school administrations and school districts on behalf of parents with children who struggle with special needs. Very often it is the schools who don’t want to recognize that a child is disabled or where the child is disabled, to a point where they’ll actually say, “well we can try to help them, but it’s not going to do much.”

My personal experience drives me to channel all of my passion into helping these families get the resources and extra care from the schools that they so desperately need.

Education Justice Law Group – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m a lawyer that represent students with disabilities, either when their rights have been violated by their school or their rights have been violated by the public at large. I’m proud of the work we do. We have the ability to intervene at any stage of a child’s life to make sure they get the tools and education they need to go on to become the person they’re meant to become.

While most lawyers just sue, I show up at the school. I work with the people who run the school, the teachers, and the parent to establish a dynamic educational program for all of my disabled clients. I strive to teach them the things they can’t do, to understand what potential really is and I’m very passionate about it.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
The ability to listen to the voice I hold deep inside and not to get distracted by the false prophets who would tell me things about myself that aren’t true because they don’t understand me or know me. To find like-minded people who face similar struggles or people who keep an open mind and realize there are different ways to do things than the way everybody else does them.

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