Monthly Archives: October 2009

What is Connecticut’s “DDS”?

Published on October 27, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

If you have been a resident of Connecticut for a while, you might be confused when you hear references to “DDS.”  What is this?  Is this a new State agency? In Connecticut, DDS is the Department of Developmental Services; it is the agency formerly known as “DMR,” or the “Department of Mental Retardation.” Many in […]

A Day Late and A Dollar Short

Published on October 20, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

When lawyers get involved, very often experts are retained.  I get it.  Really, I do.  But nothing makes me quite as angry as when a school district brings in an outside expert for the purpose of preparing their legal case, when for years the parents have been refused that very expertise by the same people! […]

I Guess This Is “One Lovely Blog”!

Published on October 18, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Here are the rules of the ‘One Lovely Blog’ award: Accept the award Post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them […]

Sour Grapes

Published on October 15, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Purchase Office 2010 Key Hey, nobody likes having to admit they were wrong.  I don’t like it, and I’m sure you don’t either.  But it never ceases to amaze me how much time and money is spent litigating special education matters, simply because somebody is unwilling to acknowledge that they made a mistake. As a […]

Mass Exiting

Published on October 11, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

buy microsoft office 2013 registration key Once a student has been identified as being eligible for special education and related services under the IDEA, they remain so until and unless they 1) graduate from high school, 2) “age out” of eligibility, or 3) are determined to be no longer eligible.  This last scenario is commonly […]

Interpreters for IEP Team Meetings

Published on October 7, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Parents of children with special needs routinely tell me that they don’t understand their child’s IEP Team.  But what if this were LITERALLY true?  For parents of children with disabilities who are either deaf or who don’t speak English as a first language, these complex, and often contentious, IEP Meetings must seem even more overwhelming. […]

Questions on Autism, Neurodiversity, and Understanding

Published on October 4, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

You know those studies that demonstrate that eye-witnesses are not terribly reliable reporters?  There are several of them, and they usually involve a number of people who are unknowingly “set up” to witness a simulated crime.  Afterward, they are questioned about the details.  I am always somewhat amused by the incredulous reactions of the witnesses […]