The Next Chapter of Special Education in the U.S. is being decided.

A higher standard of special education could be the country's new standard. The next chapter of Special Education Laws in the U.S. is currently being written, quite literally, by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is likely to decide a case currently before them, deciding what quality of education a public school must provide students with disabilities. … Continue reading The Next Chapter of Special Education in the U.S. is being decided.

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A guide to the 504 Plan

At times, a child may have an impairment that has a substantial impact on their functioning, but still does not qualify for an IEP for special education. A 504 plan is available to children with impairments that do not qualify for special education services. The plan takes into account children who have conditions or disorders … Continue reading A guide to the 504 Plan

What Parents of Children with Life-Threatening Food Allergies want you to know.

For parents of children with a serious or life-threatening food allergy, sending their child to school everyday includes an added fear that most of us don't have to deal with. While they can monitor and plan their children's intake at home, sending them to school with other children's lunches, snacks, and birthday celebrations can be an anxiety … Continue reading What Parents of Children with Life-Threatening Food Allergies want you to know.

Protections for Children with Food Allergies

If your child has a food allergy, the school has a duty develop rules, procedures, and guidelines to provide that child with a safe environment. While New Jersey has published guidelines for the management of life-threatening food allergies in schools, each school is still responsible for establishing rules as needed and as they see fit. … Continue reading Protections for Children with Food Allergies

Filing a Complaint and Mediation- you have dispute resolution options.

As a parent, you may at times disagree with decisions made by the school district that relate to your child's special education needs. While it may feel like going against the school district is a lengthy and costly endeavor, that is not always the case. Under the IDEA law, you have the option to bring a complaint against … Continue reading Filing a Complaint and Mediation- you have dispute resolution options.

National Bullying Prevention Month in October

Although bullying is a widespread occurrence that can be harmful to any child, it is especially troubling for children with special needs. Thankfully, today there are many protections in place to educate school personnel and provide added protections for students. In New Jersey, the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act creates a standard and protection for children … Continue reading National Bullying Prevention Month in October

IDEA protection and rights.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that provides protection for children with disabilities. The act ensures that children with disabilities are entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education. The act sets forth a specific process for identifying, evaluating, and accommodating eligible children with disabilities. IDEA holds that schools must evaluate … Continue reading IDEA protection and rights.

Common Issues in the Special Education Process

  There are common issues that arise during certain stages of the Special Education process. The problem can occur as early as the evaluation process, during the IEP process, or during the course of the education process. These conflicts generally occur between parents and the school district/team. Parents who knowledgeably and diligently advocate for their children should be … Continue reading Common Issues in the Special Education Process

Preparing for IEP meeting- going over IEP goals and objectives

Preparation is key. As parents, we are the best advocates for our child’s education. An IEP meeting is generally non-adversarial, and while it may seem intimidating, you should go in there prepared, knowledgeable, and ready to advocate. The meeting may include you as the parent in a room with an entire education team. Your goal … Continue reading Preparing for IEP meeting- going over IEP goals and objectives

Who needs a Special Education Lawyer?

Special Education students are protected by several rights concerning their education. Once your child is diagnosed with a learning disability that effects their education, an IEP or 504 plan should be put in place to address all special needs. Many wonderful N.J. school districts will go above and beyond to provide necessary services to a … Continue reading Who needs a Special Education Lawyer?