What is a Manifestation Determination Review?

By |October 23rd, 2018|

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.

Can kids with anxiety and depression receive special education services?

By |October 10th, 2018|

Yes, they can! Schools often overlook children with mental health needs like anxiety and depression, particularly when those mental health needs that manifest themselves internally. Depression and anxiety are often invisible.

OSEP Warns CT: Educate ALL Children

By |January 10th, 2017|

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 |November 2nd, 2016|

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.

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

By |October 27th, 2015|

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 |October 27th, 2015|

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

Attorney Ghio to Present at the 2012 Autism Spectrum Disorder Summer Institute

By |July 24th, 2012|

The University of Saint Joseph is once again offering the Autism Spectrum Disorder Summer Institute. Attorney Ghio will be one of many speakers during this four-day program is designed

Financial Assistance for Young Adults with Down Syndrome

By |April 26th, 2010|

A Weekend Retreat for Parents of Children with Disabilities will be held from May 14 to May 16, 2010 at the Guest House Center in Chester, Connecticut. Organized by Education Organizer, LLC, the retreat aims to “provide relaxation, reflection, and personal growth for parents facing the extraordinary stresses of raising a child with a physical, cognitive
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