Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQA) Youth in School

By |2019-08-22T06:49:29-04:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Bullying, Disability Discrimination, Education, LGBTQA, mental health, Special Education, Special Education Lawyer, Special Education Services|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

While June was officially Pride Month, the importance of creating safe, supportive and inclusive school environments for all children including LGBTQA students must a year-round effort. Evidence suggests that a school’s failure to provide a safe, supportive and non-discriminatory environment for transgender and gender non-conforming students can result in significant harm to the child.

Upcoming Training: Protecting Children with Disabilities from Sexual Abuse

By |2019-08-22T06:49:29-04:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: Special Education, Students with Disabilties, Training|Tags: , , , , , |

I am thrilled to partner with Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Connecticut Family Support Network (CTFSN), and Oak Hill to offer an upcoming training to parents and caregivers on the prevention of sexual abuse. One in 10 children will be sexually abused.

What is a Manifestation Determination Review?

By |2019-08-22T06:49:29-04:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: delinquency, Expulsion, School Discipline, Special Education, Special Education Lawyer, Special Education Services, Students with Disabilties, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

When a child with a disability gets in trouble at school, the law requires that the school take steps not to discriminate against the child based on his or her disability. The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) creates a framework and a process for this, known as a manifestation determination review.

How do I get my child identified to receive special education services?

By |2019-08-22T06:49:29-04:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: Education, Special Education, Special Education Services|Tags: , , , , , , |

If you suspect your child may need special education services, it isn’t always easy to figure out how to get the school to provide special education services. The process can be pretty complex and daunting, especially for parents who are new to it.

Ten Things You Should Know About Section 504 and Expulsion in Connecticut

By |2019-08-22T06:49:29-04:00October 30th, 2017|Categories: Disability Discrimination, Education, School Discipline, Special Education, Special Education Services, Students with Disabilties|Tags: , , , , , , |

If your child has a 504 plan and is facing expulsion, you should know that your child has rights. In a nutshell, the school district cannot expel students for behavior that is caused by or substantially related to their disability.

OSEP Warns CT: Educate ALL Children

By |2019-08-22T06:49:29-04:00January 10th, 2017|Categories: Disability Discrimination, Education, Special Education, Students with Disabilties, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Reacting to the decision in Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding, Inc, et al v. Rell, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) sent out this letter, making it clear that ALL children are entitled to an education.

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

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