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September 19, 2016

For students with disabilities and their families, the day-to-day issues and concerns often take precedence. But planning for the future is just as - if not more - important. After all, why does a student with disabilities receive services and supports if not to be pre...

August 24, 2016

Hopefully good news coming soon from the Supreme Court!!

In Endrew F., an appeal out of Colorado, the United States has filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to hear the appeal AND overturn the current standard in most of the country. Currently, schools can cla...

February 13, 2015

It is not uncommon for students with disabilities to have inappropriate behaviors in school. This is true for students with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD among others. Often the behaviors are part of the student’s disability and need to be m...

November 20, 2014

On October 1, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals re-affirmed the important and critical role parents play in the IEP and evaluation process. In M.M. v. Lafayette School District, the 9th Circuit found the District violated the IDEA by not sharing assessment data...

October 29, 2014

Bullying and harassment remain a problem in our schools.  Students with disabilities are much more likely to experience bullying and harassment than their general education peers.  All too often school districts separate bullying concerns from the delivery of Free Appr...

September 10, 2014

On September 10, 2014, Senator Tom Harkin introduced two bills designed to fulfill the original promise of the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) -- IDEA Full Funding Act and IDEA Fairness Restoration Act. Senator Harkin said: “Passing these critical bi...

August 6, 2014

On July 15, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion

in E.M. v. Pajaro Valley Unified School District Office of Administrative Hearings. In addition to the law involved, the E.M. decision also highlights how important it is for parents know their rig...

August 1, 2014

One of the most important protections or "Procedural Safeguards" for students in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA is the maintenance of current educational placement, often called "stay put."


The IDEA requires that the student remain in the "then...

August 1, 2014

Arizona allows parents of children with disabilities to set up Empowerment Scholarship Accounts or ESAs. These ESAs are funded with a portion of the state education funds earmarked for your child. 


Once funded, parents can use the money in the accounts to pay for tuiti...

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