Category Archives: Special Education / School Law

Co-Parenting in the Age of Coronavirus

There is no road map that allows us to provide hard guidance on how to manage parenting during this difficult time. Families are in unfamiliar territory. However, there are some things that hopefully will help you navigate co-parenting. Follow existing … Continue reading

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Rights of Teens Regarding Confidentiality under the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act

Many parents who come to our office are surprised to learn that their child, if they are at least 12, must consent to the release of mental health information. Who has the right to the records protected by the Act? … Continue reading

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Karma

Last week I received a call from a lawyer who had reviewed a CLE presentation I had done on School Discipline. He was handling his first expulsion case and wanted some advice. I was busy and thought for a brief … Continue reading

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Reflections of a Special Education Lawyer

Yesterday, I traveled to Rockford, Illinois, to give a presentation on Special Education Law to a group of parents of children with autism. The parents had arrived early on a Saturday morning, anxious to hear how to navigate the labyrinth … Continue reading

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January 1, 2013

Happy New Year to all my clients and colleagues. The last several months have been very humbling and have provided me with a window into what having a disability means on a day to day basis. In late October, on … Continue reading

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When is a Therapeutic Non-Mainstream Placement Justified?

FAQ: What are the factors that schools and/or hearing officers consider when recommending or ordering a therapeutic day school?  Parents and/or schools should be prepared to demonstrate that the school considered and implemented reasonable interventions and supports to attempt to … Continue reading

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Top Ten Things to Start the School Year

Keep a journal. I am not suggesting a long narrative detailing every aspect of your child’s school experience, but a simple highlight of those things that seem relevant. (e.g. length of time it takes for homework, changes in attitude, struggles … Continue reading

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Suspensions are Higher for Disabled Students

For those of us who work in the area, this recent New York Times article didn’t seem like new news. An August 7, 2012 New York Times article reported that “Students with disabilities are almost twice as likely to be … Continue reading

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