Monthly Archives: September 2009

Stay Put

Published on September 30, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

There are a number of “procedural safeguards” under the IDEA which are designed to ensure that the rights of children with special education needs, and their parents, are protected.  They are all important, but, in my view, one of the strongest is what we call “stay-put.” We use the term “stay-put” to refer to the […]

Transfer of Rights at Adulthood

Published on September 27, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

The IDEA is a statute which outlines a great deal of both procedural and substantive rights conferred on children with disabilities, and their parents.  Most parents do not realize is that, while there are specific obligations which school districts have to parents of students with special needs, the vast majority of the entitlements are for […]

The Special Education Blame Game

Published on September 24, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

It’s unfortunate, but true:  when parents of children with disabilities begin to seriously question the appropriateness of the special education program being provided to their child, the school district will often start to play “the blame game.” The Special Education Blame Game is when educators attempt to assign responsibility for a student’s lack of success […]

Emotional Disabilities Under the IDEA

Published on September 19, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

If there is one area of disability which, in my experience, most parents do not realize can fall within the auspices of “special education,” it is mental illness.  I can’t tell you how many times in my Connecticut special education law practice parents have called me because their child’s psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or therapist […]

Don’t Call Me “Mom”!

Published on September 15, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

A friend of mine who is a special education advocate, and who also happens to be the mother of a teenager with a disability, brought to my attention a few years ago that she finds it offensive when school district staff refer to her, and other mothers, as “mom.”  As an example, during an IEP […]

Not What the Doctor Ordered

Published on September 13, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

One of the most important, and complicated, things for parents of children with special education needs to understand is that there is a big difference between the educational and the medical models of treatment and intervention.  Often, parents of children with disabilities get caught right in the middle of these two systems.  The procedures and […]

“IEP Direct Won’t Let Us Do That”

Published on September 10, 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 […]

Attorney Laviano To Teach Introduction to Special Education Law at SPU

Published on September 8, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Who says there are no new good ideas?  Susan Cartier Liebel certainly had a great one when she founded Solo Practice University, an online law school.  The format may be “virtual,” but the courses are very real, full of invaluable content, and taught by lawyers who manage firms in various different practice areas.  As a […]

Fish Rots from the Head Down

Published on September 3, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

how to make penis longer Well, school has started just about everywhere, and I have spent the last few weeks in a mad-dash scramble of IEP meetings, Mediation and other events trying to finalize programs for several of my clients.  It’s always a stressful time for me, and even more so for parents of children […]