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Mass shootings keep happening. Mental illness is the easy answer but not the cause. Almost monthly we read about horrific shootings in Las Vegas, Orlando, or small towns in Texas and California. The subsequent finger pointing continues as to why... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
Special education advocates were excited with last March’s Supreme Court ruling on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District and its determination that students must make “appropriately ambitious” progress in their special education programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
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Milestones; what are they? We hear about them from the moment our children are diagnosed, for some, born. For most of us, they're not even mile"stones"; they're pebbles, fragments, grains of sand, achievements so small, so tiny, so minuscule that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
Hurricanes hit the most vulnerable the hardest and that applies without a doubt to people with disabilities. The death of Benilda Caixeta, of New Orleans tragically underscores this point. Ms. Caixeta was found drowned in her apartment, next to her... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
The Trump Administration’s February 2017 reversal of an earlier Obama decision ensuring that transgender students under Title IX should be allowed to use the school restrooms of the gender to which they identify has thrown school policies with regards to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
The following is an action alert from COPAA: On Monday, the U.S. Senate will begin debate its bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, to replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill is being touted as better than the House bill... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
The following is a reproduced statement as to the critical need to save Medicaid from Trumpcare. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) jeopardizes healthcare for the nation’s most vulnerable children: students with disabilities and students in poverty. Specifically, the AHCA... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
The U.S. Supreme Court just issued a huge victory for parents in resetting the Rowley standard for the first time in more than 30 years. See decision--http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/endrew-f-v-douglas-county-school-district/. The Court ruled that schools to "meet its substantive obligation under the Individuals... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
The U.S. Department of Education in January 2017, just released a very comprehensive guide to transition services. Download Postsecondary-transition-guide-2017-3. Transition planning is one of the most vital functions of having an IEP for all students. An IEP is not an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
The U.S. Supreme Court just issued a victorious ruling for parents in Fry v. Napoleon Download Fry decision that will open up avenues of judicial enforcement of rights without the need for taking cases through due process first, and then... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
Here is an urgent action alert from COPAA to save ESSA from repeal. ACT NOW – before February 17, 2017! Tell the Senate to vote NO on Resolution to Rollback ESSA Accountability Regulations this week! ISSUE: Congress passed the Every... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
Judge Gorsuch has served for the last 10 years on the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. In this capacity, Judge Gorsuch has heard several cases related to special education and disability, which has enabled those who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
Here is a statement just issued from COPAA on the vote for Betsey DeVos. Today, in response to the U.S. Senate’s vote on the nomination of Elisabeth ‘Betsy’ DeVos as Secretary of Education, Denise Marshall, executive director for the Council... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
Betsy DeVos, a unqualified and terribly dangerous person for public education and special education even more so, cannot become the next Secretary of Education. Keep in mind once the damage is done it will be very hard and likely impossible... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
It is difficult enough for young children to be faced with a significant speech impairment like stuttering. As discussed in this blog, the effects of stuttering are often co-morbid with other learning issues. Most children who develop a stutter in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
The following is a statement from the Equip for Equality addressing the hate crime against the man with a disability that happened last week. I am reprinting the statement in full and please write to your Illinois Representative and state... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
According to the September 2015 47th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes toward the Public Schools, only 31% of Americans favor allowing vouchers to be used to pay for private and religious schools. Numerous other polls show higher ratios... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Special Education Law Blog
It is remarkable to me how many IEPs provide for reading programs that are not individualized to the student’s needs and do not produce meaningful results. A one-size-fits all approach simply doesn’t work for students with reading disabilities. What may... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Special Education Law Blog
President-elect Trump offered few specifics about his education policy during the campaign other than promising $20 billion in federal money for school choice initiatives in response to our “failing government schools.” Where this money is to come from is unclear,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Special Education Law Blog
Parents frequently raise issues about schools denying access or failing to accomodate students who need support to participate in non-academic parts of the school experience including field trips. Frequently, children who require aides during the school day are told that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Special Education Law Blog
I have always adhered to the adage that reasonable people can reasonably disagree, whether it is in the context of an IEP meeting or even our current political debate. With this in mind, I discussed in a recent blog how... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Special Education Law Blog
Where to live in future years is an issue never far from my mind especially living in Illinois that ranks close to the bottom for services for people with disabilities. Download Case-for-Inclusion-2016-FINAL-3. For families that do not have a loved... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Special Education Law Blog
Persons with disabilities now represent the single largest minority group in our country’s electorate. According to a report from the Rutgers School of Management, 35.4 million people with disabilities, which represents one sixth of the US electorate, are eligible to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at Special Education Law Blog
I have blogged previously about how essential it is for parents to ensure that any informal accommodations received by their child, particularly those related to testing, are documented in the child’s IEP or 504 Plan. Memorializing these accommodations will hopefully... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at Special Education Law Blog
Parents frequently tell me that their school districts refuse to recognize their child’s diagnosis of dyslexia. One school psychologist defines dyslexia as “simply a fancy word for a disorder that involves reading.” Other parents are told by their districts that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Special Education Law Blog