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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
A new law limits the suspension or expulsion of children in pre-school through second grade. The laws regarding suspension and expulsion for students in Grade 3 to 12 are unchanged
SpEdCT will soon be holding its annual “What You Need to Know About Special Education," a seminar for parents and professionals. This year, as always, the series will be packed with
The school year is now well under way. For many parents, that means homework headaches are in full swing! If you spend your nights imploring, cajoling, and begging your child to get his or her homework done, you might find this article identifying 4 Keys to Managing Homework for Children with Learning Disabilities helpful