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A sad story came out of California in 2012 regarding developmentally delayed adults living in residential centers. Over a four-year period, 36 patients at California’s “board-and-care centers” for the developmentally disabled had claimed they had been raped by caretakers. And... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Special Education Law Blog
Although I am a special education attorney and not a criminal defense attorney, occasionally I receive phone calls from parents who are angry and concerned because their child has been questioned or searched by school officials for disciplinary infractions or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Special Education Law Blog
With a Republican controlled Senate and a Republican controlled House, it appears likely that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), first enacted in 1965 and re-authorized as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in 2001, may finally again... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Special Education Law Blog
The recent deaths of Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO, Eric Garner of New York City, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland have brought to the national consciousness painful questions about race and police response. Clearly, much hard work needs to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Special Education Law Blog
It seems that there is an increasing trend that more students are having trouble going to school and staying in class as a result of have migraine headaches. One of the unfortunate consequences for children and teenagers who suffer from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Special Education Law Blog
The Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate has just released the results of its exhaustive study of the December 2012 horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 children and six educators murdered along with the shooter and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Special Education Law Blog
The issue of accessibility of web-based content is fairly new, given that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 pre-date the internet boom and the growth of innumerable emerging technologies that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Special Education Law Blog
I have known this family for years. They are dedicated and willing to go to great and heoric lengths to allow their son to progress and realize his potential. This heart-warming video captures his journey, that of his family and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Special Education Law Blog
We are hearing a lot about concussions in the news these days. To the recent disbelief of sports commentators and fans, a University of Michigan football coach left a 20-year-old quarterback in a game after a blow to the head... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Special Education Law Blog
The Department of Education recently released an extensive Dear Colleague letter (Download Colleague-bullying-201410-1) detailing past guidance on the obligations of schools when students with disabilities are bullied either because of their disability or for any reason. The recent letter adds... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Special Education Law Blog
In an editorial that appeared in The Wall Street Journal a year ago, school district attorney Miriam Kurtzig Freedman challenged the practice of inclusion of special needs students in regular education classrooms because of her belief that the presence of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Special Education Law Blog
The internet is a wondrous strange place for the parents of a child with special needs. With the click of a mouse, parents can research information, locate specialists, learn about medical treatment and educational options, and perhaps most importantly of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Special Education Law Blog
I have reproduced this moving and inspiring story with permission. I loved this story and hope you find it as meaningful as I did. When I decided to join the cross country team as a junior, I was already bracing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Special Education Law Blog
Many persons with ADHD have successful careers and stable home lives. However, the sad reality for many people with ADHD is that the impulsiveness which defines their disorder puts them at risk of committing crimes. Study after study hammers out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Special Education Law Blog
My biggest fear as an attorney representing families of students with special needs is losing a student to suicide. To date I have not lost one. Currently, we are on the cusp of the long, dark months of winter, in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Special Education Law Blog
I had thought that pinterest was only for wedding planning but recently discovered otherwise. It is true that a picture or graphic is worth a thousand words. Check out our new pinterest page and see if you agree. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at Special Education Law Blog
Sensory integration therapy (SIT) has been one of the treatment mainstays for thousands of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, or other developmental disorders. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), approximately 5 to 15% of children in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at Special Education Law Blog
That you can’t fight city hall is a time-honored truism, but how much harder does it become when different city halls join forces to fight you? Parents in Orange County, California unfortunately are discovering just this fact as they advocate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2013 at Special Education Law Blog
Even 6 months after the tragedy at Shady Hook Elementary School, we’ve all been asking what may have caused the horrific shooting. We may or may not agree that the ready availability of assault weapons and the playing of violent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at Special Education Law Blog
The fundamental challenge in finding an appropriate placement for the student with higher-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome is meeting the child’s emotional or behavioral needs yet not short-changing him or her academically. Notwithstanding the various challenges the student may have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at Special Education Law Blog
In December the U.S. Senate held hearings on ending the “School to Prison Pipeline.” As discussed previously in this blog and elsewhere, the “school to prison pipeline” refers to exclusionary disciplinary practices (e.g., suspension, expulsions, or even arrests) resulting from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Special Education Law Blog
Although it seems almost a contradiction, children can be both gifted and have special needs, such as learning disabilities. Yet, because of their unique blend of talents and challenges, these students, known as “twice exceptional” or 2e students, can be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at Special Education Law Blog
I am still reeling from the depth and magnitude of what happened last week with the killing of so many young children and their heroic teachers and staff. I am not sure when, if ever, I will be able to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
The following is the heartfelt wisdom and pathos from my own daughter. She is a beautiful, wonderful person who has had to face the challenges of being a sibling to a brother with special needs and the internal identity struggles... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog
The use of seclusion and restraint for children with special needs in our nation’s schools has received national attention. These practices have been deemed as cruel and dangerous, and various pieces of legislation have been proposed to eliminate their use.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2012 at Special Education Law Blog