Monthly Archives: August 2009

I’m Not Buying It

Published on August 30, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

When I talk to parents whose children are in middle or high school who have not yet been identified for special education services, most of the time they will tell me that they have had concerns for years.  Many times, there are also teachers or other educators in the school district who have shared similar […]

Farewell and Thanks

Published on August 26, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

how to enlarge penile length naturally It’s hard to believe that in the space of just two weeks, the disability rights movement has lost two great warriors:  Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Ted Kennedy.  And yet, it’s fascinating to consider the very different, and yet essential roles they each played in the movement.  As I reflect […]

Transition Services: The Buck Stops Where?

Published on August 23, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

legitimate work from home One of the most important aspects of the IDEA, about which I speak and write often, is the requirement for Transition Services.  In an upshot, these are the services which are designed to prepare students with disabilities to become adults.  Now, I would argue that ALL special education services should be […]

Fix It Or Move?

Published on August 19, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

I have represented hundreds of children with special education needs over the years.  You can imagine that, if the parents have decided to hire an attorney, there isn’t a lot of “warm and fuzzy” going on between them and the school.  There is frustration.  There is disappointment.  There is confusion.  There is anger, and sometimes […]

It’s Worth It

Published on August 18, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Representing children and adolescents with special education needs is an honor and privilege, and I have to say that I really love my chosen field.   But some days it can also be exhausting and depressing.  School districts have the ability, and too often the inclination, to fight families over services, sometimes for years.  Time is […]

Reinventing the Wheel

Published on August 16, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

write my paper I have to confess, I thoroughly enjoy watching infomercials.  I just love how they can take a basic, every-day task which is generally not that problematic, and hyperbolize the scenario so much that it becomes, to me anyway, incredibly funny.  You know the ones:  A woman tries to put on a blanket […]

Missed Opportunities

Published on August 13, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

how to enlarge penile length naturally Recently, I attended an IEP Team Meeting that was, well, dare I say it?  Lovely.  I mean it.  About a year ago, the parents had hired me to represent their son, because they just could not convince their school district that their child was really, truly struggling.  He is […]

“He’s Too Smart for Special Education”

Published on August 12, 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 […]

NO, You Don’t Have to Pay the School’s Attorneys’ Fees If You Lose!

Published on August 9, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Congress last “reauthorized” the IDEA in 2004.  As occurred the time before that (1997) there were a number of changes lobbied for by both school and parent organizations.  One of the changes to the 2004 IDEA which has been a serious concern of mine since it was passed was the provision related to attorney’s fees […]

Email: The New Teacher’s Lounge?

Published on August 7, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

I remember when my father first got into special education law in the 80s, and he would hear about notices posted on the bulletin board in the Teacher’s Lounge in various districts.  He was usually told about incriminating ones by other teachers “off the record;” many times they were teachers who happened to be parents […]