Monthly Archives: April 2009

Common Legal Mistakes Parents of Children with Special Education Needs Make, But Can Avoid: Part V

Published on April 21, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Part five in the Series:  Unfortunately, prevailing in a legal dispute against your school district is very difficult, so if you can avoid some common traps, why not just avoid them? If you’ve already done one of these things, don’t give up hope, but do try to rectify the situation. If you haven’t done any […]

Other Than That…

Published on by Jennifer Laviano

Maybe it’s just because it’s the time of year when I am attending several IEP meetings on behalf of my clients every week, but I am really getting fed up with school districts failing to identify children for special education services, just because they happen to be intelligent. personal essay writers It is insulting, illogical, […]

CT Parents: Your Child’s Disability Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

Published on April 17, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

So, it’s IEP Season, time for your child’s Annual Review meeting. As part of that meeting, you should be discussing whether or not your child requires summer services. If you are like many, you don’t even get to the subject of ESY (Extended School Year) programming until the very end of the meeting, usually when […]

Don’t Expect the “Matlock” Confession

Published on April 16, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

So often I will be discussing strategy with a family as we prepare for an upcoming IEP meeting, Mediation or Due Process Hearing for their child. I will be going through what the Parent can expect, asking them what I am likely to hear from certain staff members, and generally, well, preparing. For each of […]

The Burden of Proof in CT Special Education Due Process Hearings

Published on April 12, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Connecticut special education regulations assign school districts the burden of proving that they offered a Free and Appropriate Public Education (“FAPE”) to a child with special needs if a Due Process Hearing is commenced.  This is known as the “Burden of Proof,” and it is the source of a lot of controversy. Recently, CT school […]

Common Legal Mistakes Parents of Children with Special Education Needs Make, But Can Avoid: Part IV

Published on April 6, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Fourth in the Series:  Unfortunately, prevailing in a legal dispute against your school district is very difficult, so if you can avoid some common traps, why not just avoid them? If you’ve already made this mistake, don’t give up hope, but do try to rectify the situation. If you haven’t made this mistake, DON’T, since […]

A Call to Professionals Working with Children with Special Education Needs: Why We Are Failing those with Mental Illness

Published on by Jennifer Laviano

I was recently contacted by a parent whose child had been diagnosed with numerous psychiatric disorders. Two things became immediately apparent to me in the intake interview: 1) the child was being royally screwed by his school district, and 2) the mother was mentally unstable. I found myself torn, not for the first time, over […]

Common Legal Mistakes Parents of Children with Special Education Needs Make, But Can Avoid: Part III

Published on April 4, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Part three in the Series: Unfortunately, prevailing in a legal dispute against your school district is very difficult, so if you can avoid some common traps, why not just avoid them?  If you’ve already done one of these things, don’t give up hope, but do try to rectify the situation.  If you haven’t done any […]