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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 6 days ago 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
In what could be a very significant break though in the law, the Supreme Court agreed to review the 6th Circuit decision in Fry v. Napoleon. Fry was a case involving allowing a service dog in school and whether parents... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Special Education Law Blog
The following is a press release from COPAA regarding a recent study of school choice regarding students with special needs. It confirms what I have suspected for some time that school choice is largely ineffective for students with special needs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Special Education Law Blog
I am reproducing this press release from COPAA. It is always great to have a reason to celebrate progress even if long overdue. Ban specifically prohibits use due to significant psychological and physical risks. There is much more work that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Special Education Law Blog
Our recent series of articles on the employment rates and work challenges experienced by persons with disabilities paid only a glancing look at perhaps one of the most viable employment options for persons with disabilities—that of self-employment. According to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Special Education Law Blog
Housing for people with disabilities is an ongoing and evolving issue with many facets. I have a well respected friend and colleague, Terry Steinberg, who has just launched an online series on this important topic. I realize that this tele-class... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Special Education Law Blog
In recent years I have seen a disturbing trend of students with intellectual disabilities coming into my office with severe signs of PTSD, and in many cases given limited language abilities the issues can be very intractable. We are becoming... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Special Education Law Blog
I am reprinting this announcement from COPAA. This symbosium is great opportunity to develop better self-advocacy skills for a more effective post-secondary outcome. The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates has partnered with the Student Rights Initiative to host the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Special Education Law Blog
I am reprinting the following article that came to by way of google feed, ironic. Is Google Illegally Spying On Your Students? New FTC Complaint Says It Is Posted: 08 Dec 2015 12:35 PM PST Google Apps for Education has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Special Education Law Blog
WASHINGTON, DC – Denise Marshall, executive director of The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) released the following statement regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). “COPAA appreciates the bipartisan... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Special Education Law Blog
The Behavioral Analysis Program in the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division is responsible for the “thoughtful process of creating a positive interaction and possible relationship between two individuals, whether the goal is an interview, confession, or development of a confidential source.” You... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at Special Education Law Blog
Just a few months after the December 2012 Sandy Hook shootings, a school safety project funded by the National Rifle Association urged the arming of trained school staff to protect against future school shootings. Although many of us scoffed at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Special Education Law Blog
In these days of mass media, we all wince whenever the dreaded words “Breaking News” flashes across our TV or computer screens because we know somewhere there has been a tragedy, accident, disaster, attack, or some other dreadful event. And... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2015 at Special Education Law Blog
The IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) pretty carefully lays out the ground rules for a special education assessment. Among the various regulations related to administering a case study evaluation are that assessments “are used for the purposes for which... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at Special Education Law Blog
This post is the third in the series related to employment for people with disabilities. All too many of the students I represent have unrealistic career goals. Students who have never been on a Little League baseball team think they... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at Special Education Law Blog