Preparing Parents & Children for Coronavirus

By |2020-03-11T10:29:22-04:00March 11th, 2020|Education, Parents, Special Education, Uncategorized|

As the risk of coronavirus reaches Connecticut, children are starting to hear about it and some may become anxious.  Parents may be wondering if/when schools may close and what that means for their children. Many parents are wondering how to talk about coronavirus with their children without causing alarm. The Child Mind Institute has put together this helpful guidance on talking to children in a way that will be reassuring and won’t cause more worry. 

Take a Few Minutes to Review Your Child’s IEP

By |2019-10-28T14:12:22-04:00October 28th, 2019|evaluation, IEP, Special Education, Special Education Lawyer, Uncategorized|

As the rush of the first few weeks of school ends and you begin to settle in, it’s a good time to pause and take a look at your child’s Individualized Education Plan (“IEP”). The IEP is a critically important document. It is the document that describes what your child’s needs are and what the school is doing about it. So, it is really important that it be accurate and comprehensive.

Parents May Take FMLA Leave for Special Education Meetings

By |2019-09-09T15:59:02-04:00September 16th, 2019|Parents, Special Education Services, Uncategorized|

A parent’s attendance at IEP meetings is essential, but some parents may struggle to take time off in order to attend these meetings. If this sounds like you, you are in luck! A recently published opinion from the Department of Labor (DOL) details how parents can take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in order to attend meetings to develop your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP), known in Connecticut as PPT meetings.

Welcome Emilee Guerrera!

By |2019-08-30T15:32:38-04:00January 9th, 2019|child advocate, Education, Special Education Services, Uncategorized|

It is with great pleasure that I announce the addition of Emilee Guerrera to my office. Emilee is an experienced paralegal with a strong educational background. She earned her Certificate in Legal Studies from Naugatuck Valley Community College before transferring to Central Connecticut State University where she is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree.

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.