Monthly Archives: July 2009

We’re Fractured, and They’re Banking On It

Published on July 18, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

It seems to me that lately, the disagreements within the community of individuals who are concerned about children with disabilities are starting to outnumber the agreements.  Which is pretty ludicrous, because when it comes to at least the IDEA (if not a number of other laws), we really have far more common ground than not.  […]

Surprising Special Education Allies

Published on July 17, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

One of the things I discovered early in my career as a special education lawyer is that a good percentage of the parents who contacted me to represent their child with disabilities were referred to me by a teacher or service provider from the child’s school.  It is usually “off the record,” and I have […]

Try to See The Forest, Not the Trees

Published on July 15, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

I had a discussion today with a former client whose child is now an adult.  As we were catching up, we started talking about how much more relaxed she seemed, having successfully navigated the special education system several times over the many years, and now obtaining appropriate adult services for her son.  We recalled how […]

Top 5 Tips for Reviewing School Evaluations, Tip 2

Published on July 14, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

penis growth guide I am by no means a psychiatrist, psychologist, school psychologist, special education teacher, or related service provider.  I am not licensed or trained in administering any of the test typically given to students with disabilities in our public schools.  However, over the many years I have been representing children with special education […]

“Actually, All of Our Kids Have Low Math Scores”

Published on July 13, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

As a parents’ special education attorney in Connecticut, I hear outrageous statements that parents are told by their school districts on an almost daily basis.  But, sometimes, I am told something that passes the realm of outrageous, and crosses into ridiculous. Such statements mislead or misrepresent the school’s legal obligations, and always in a way […]

Just When I Thought I Was Being Too Tough…

Published on July 12, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Being suspicious of the “establishment” is a bit of an occupational hazard for me as a special education attorney.  When you’re taking on local and state governments on a daily basis, it becomes easy to believe that the system is skewed.  It probably doesn’t help that I was raised with the theory:  “just because you’re […]

Top 5 Tips for Reviewing School Evaluations: Tip 1

Published on July 8, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

how to increase penis size I am by no means a psychiatrist, psychologist, school psychologist, special education teacher, or related service provider.  I am not licensed or trained in administering any of the test typically given to students with disabilities in our public schools.  However, over the many years I have been representing children with […]

On July 9, 2009, Help Restore Fairness to the IDEA

Published on July 7, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

penis growth This Thursday, July 9, 2009, thousands of individuals and organizations who care about the rights of students with disabilities are coordinating a “call in” to Congress to help to restore fairness in the IDEA by requiring that parents who prevail in Due Process Hearings against their districts are entitled to having their expert […]

Patriotism and Special Education

Published on July 4, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

treatment for genital warts I love the Fourth of July.  It is one of my favorite holidays, in part because I consider myself a real Patriot.  I love my country for all of its glories and its faults, and I have been known to cry when reading the Constitution.   When I was in college, I […]