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.

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.

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

By |2019-08-30T15:37:24-04:00October 27th, 2015|child advocate, Disability Discrimination, Education, Service Animals, service dogs, Special Education, Students with Disabilties, Uncategorized|

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

Weekend Retreat for Parents of Children with Disabilities

By |2019-09-03T11:20:05-04:00April 25th, 2010|child advocate, Students with Disabilties|

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, or emotional disability.”