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.