Six factors for Home Buyers with Special Needs Children to consider.

School ratings, rankings, and reputation are some of the most important factors for homebuyers in New Jersey.  Families often sacrifice commuting time, space, and budget, all to be in a “good” school district.  For a family of a child with disabilities who requires special education, this decision is all the more important. For children who require … Continue reading Six factors for Home Buyers with Special Needs Children to consider.

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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.

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

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