School Is STILL Out. What Parents Need to Know.

By |2020-04-10T14:45:34-04:00April 10th, 2020|COVID-19, Education, Parents, Special Education, Students with Disabilties|

Well, it’s official, the Governor’s Executive Order 7X has extended in class cancellations through May 20, 2020. Guidance from the State Department of Education has been coming out daily. There are a few things you should know. First, the Governor’s Executive Order 7N suspends all state summative and alternate assessments, universal reading screening assessments, and administration of reading assessments in priority districts for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. So, that SBAC testing your 8th grader was worried about? Not happening.

Special Education in the Wake of Coronavirus

By |2020-04-10T14:46:41-04:00March 10th, 2020|COVID-19, Education, Parents, Special Education, Special Education Services, Students with Disabilties|

While coronavirus has not yet hit Connecticut hard, schools around the state are gearing up in anticipation of needed closures of schools. In relation to this, the Connecticut State Department of Education (SDE) has issued guidance to school districts, in the form of a planning tool.

Eating Disorders and Special Education

By |2020-02-28T15:06:54-05:00February 28th, 2020|Education, evaluation, IEP, mental health, Parents, Special Education, Special Education Services, Students with Disabilties|

It is National Eating Disorders Awareness week. People don’t often think about eating disorders when they think about special education, but eating disorders can have a significant impact on education. Eating disorders can impact cognitive functioning. Children with eating disorders often have co-occurring disabilities, like depression and anxiety.

Supporting Children Through Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment & Beyond

By |2020-02-04T14:51:19-05:00February 4th, 2020|Education, IEP, mental health, Parents, Special Education Services, Students with Disabilties|

Today, February 4, 2020, is officially World Cancer Day. According to the National Cancer Society, about 11,050 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020. When children are diagnosed with cancer, school takes a back seat as parents and doctors focus on medical treatment. When kids are ready to return to school, things may be different.

Upcoming Training: Special Education and Transition Planning

By |2019-09-24T16:58:01-04:00September 9th, 2019|Special Education, Special Education Services, Students with Disabilties, Training, Transition|

I am thrilled to present at the upcoming 5th Annual Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium: Every Voice Matters. This two-day event event brings students and their families together with educators and other professionals to improve secondary transition programming and services for students with disabilities.

What is a Manifestation Determination Review?

By |2019-08-30T15:33:06-04:00October 23rd, 2018|delinquency, Expulsion, School Discipline, Special Education, Special Education Lawyer, Special Education Services, Students with Disabilties, Uncategorized|

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.

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

By |2019-08-30T15:34:28-04:00October 30th, 2017|Disability Discrimination, Education, School Discipline, Special Education, Special Education Services, Students with Disabilties|

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.