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Fry, Exhaustion, and Service Dogs: Why the Supreme Court’s Decision About a Dry Legal Issue Matters

By |2019-08-22T06:49:29-04:00November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Disability Discrimination, Education, Service Animals, service dogs, Special Education, Students with Disabilties, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in the case of Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools to decide whether children with disabilities have to “exhaust their administrative remedies” before going to court to enforce their right to use a service animal.

Can my child’s paraprofessional come to the PPT meeting?

By |2019-08-22T06:49:29-04:00April 7th, 2016|Categories: child advocate, Disability Discrimination, Education, Special Education|Tags: , , , |

Yes! Parents of children with special education needs often wonder if they can invite the paraprofessional working with their child to the PPT meeting. In Connecticut, parents can not only ask for paraprofessionals to participate in the PPT, they have a right to it! In 2015, the Connecticut legislature amended the law to make it clear that parents the right to have the school paraprofessional assigned to the student attend the PPT meeting

DOJ Continues to Enforce the Right of Children to Bring Service Dogs to School

By |2019-08-22T06:49:30-04:00October 27th, 2015|Categories: child advocate, Disability Discrimination, Education, Service Animals, service dogs, Special Education, Students with Disabilties, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

More and more children with disabilities are benefiting from service dogs. Some children have service dogs who alert them to the presence of allergens. Some service dogs alert to an oncoming seizure. Still other service dogs are trained to interrupt self-injurious behavior, provide stability for children with mobility impairments, or prevent the child from running away. Service dogs help children with disabilities develop independence they would not otherwise have. When children use service dogs, the law allows them to be accompanied by their service dog, even in school

Why Service Dogs Matter

By |2019-08-22T06:49:30-04:00October 27th, 2015|Categories: child advocate, Disability Discrimination, mental health, Service Animals, service dogs, Students with Disabilties, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

I think it is important for people to understand why service dogs matter. Service dogs help people with disabilities live with more independence than they otherwise would. They help in ways that those of us who live without disabilities and without the need for service animals can't fully understand and appreciate

Enough is Enough: End Unnecessary Restraint and Seclusion Now

By |2019-08-22T06:49:30-04:00September 16th, 2015|Categories: child advocate, mental health, Restraint and Seclusion|Tags: , , , , |

This week, the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) released videos of children being restrained and placed in seclusion at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS), the state’s locked facility for boys, and the Pueblo unit at Riverview Hospital, the state’s locked facility for girls. The videos are a disturbing reminder of how our state fails some of our most vulnerable children

New Law Limits Suspension and Expulsion of Children in Pre-K to Grade 2

By |2019-08-22T06:49:30-04:00September 8th, 2015|Categories: child advocate, Disability Discrimination, Education, School Discipline, Special Education, Students with Disabilties|Tags: , , , , , |

A new law limits the suspension or expulsion of children in pre-school through second grade. The laws regarding suspension and expulsion for students in Grade 3 to 12 are unchanged

Everything you need to know about service animals

By |2019-08-22T06:49:30-04:00May 5th, 2015|Categories: Service Animals, service dogs|Tags: , , , |

A service animal is any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. A service animal must be a dog-with one exception-miniature horses may be allowed with special requirement in regulations

Homework Headaches

By |2019-08-22T06:49:30-04:00October 15th, 2012|Categories: Education, School Discipline, Special Education, Students with Disabilties|Tags: , , , , |

The school year is now well under way. For many parents, that means homework headaches are in full swing! If you spend your nights imploring, cajoling, and begging your child to get his or her homework done, you might find this article identifying 4 Keys to Managing Homework for Children with Learning Disabilities helpful

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