Monthly Archives: November 2009

The Autism File Magazine Publishes Article on Bullying

Published on November 27, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

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Enforcing Mediation Agreements

Published on November 23, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

We’ve covered whether to attend a Mediation.  There are benefits and risks, but generally it is a forum which I recommend, where appropriate. But what happens if you’ve already attended one, reached a Mediation Agreement, and the school district isn’t honoring it? Unfortunately, in my special education law practice, I am regularly contacted by parents […]

“They Should Tell You This is Part of The Job!”

Published on November 16, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Several years ago, I was cross-examining a teacher in a Due Process Hearing.  It was a pretty hotly contested case, and we were several days into testimony.  The student (my client) had severe dyslexia, which had been identified fairly early into her education.  Unfortunately, the interventions provided by the school district had been pretty ineffective.  […]

There’s Water on the Moon…What about FAPE?

Published on November 13, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

I had a discussion with a client today that went something like this: Client:  “I’ve about had it with this school district!  If things don’t get better, I’m going to move.” Me:       “You’re not moving anywhere, especially until you’ve spoken with me to make sure you’re not going from the frying pan into the fire.  […]

Court Rules to Protect Teacher Who Protected Kids with Disabilities

Published on November 9, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

One of the more controversial posts I’ve written is this one, encouraging public school teachers and service providers to speak out against violations of the civil rights of children with disabilities when they see it. Of course, I didn’t think it was controversial when I wrote it; I thought it was common sense. My goal […]

Assistive Technology Under IDEA

Published on November 3, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Did you know that Assistive Technology is required, by federal law, to be considered in the development of EVERY SINGLE IEP? Yes, that’s right.  AT should be discussed every time an IEP is being developed. The IDEA states that the IEP Team “must,” in the development of IEPs, “consider whether the child needs assistive technology […]