Author Archives: Jennifer Laviano

Honored to Announce Michelle Garcia Winner’s Interview with

Published on September 22, 2015 by Jennifer Laviano

One of the biggest challenges facing our public schools is the urgent need to teach social skills to students with disabilities.  Indeed, students who do NOT have disabilities are in need of this training more than ever!  There is no more recognized expert on this topic than the creator of Social Thinking, Michelle Garcia Winner. […]

Law Offices of Jennifer Laviano, LLC Highlighted by International Law Office Management System

Published on March 12, 2015 by Jennifer Laviano

In the last few years, we have sought to provide our clients with as many opportunities to benefit from our representation as possible.  By providing a number of professionals, including attorneys and advocates, throughout the State of Connecticut, our office keeps costs down from our clients, while giving them the best “bang for the buck” […]

The Tip of the Iceberg

Published on June 16, 2013 by Jennifer Laviano

It's been a fascinating several months here in Connecticut, as we have watched events unfold in the special education community in Darien.  The coverage has been wide locally, but if you don't want to read it all, here's the upshot:  the Special Education Director in this small, affluent town in lower Fairfield County (itself small […]

Dyslexia and Specific Learning Disabilities: Obtaining Appropriate Special Education Services

Published on June 6, 2013 by Jennifer Laviano

Tune in to our latest WebShow on obtaining appropriate services under the IDEA for students with dyslexia.   Monday  June 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm EST.  Live Q&A with questions posted on the YSER Facebook Page.  If you have questions in advance, feel free to post them as comments to this page.  We look forward […]

Emotional Disabilities Under the IDEA: The Intersection Between Special Education and Mental Health Issues

Published on May 14, 2013 by Jennifer Laviano

I have been concerned for years about what I see as a growing population of students with mental health concerns who require special education services.  So many times these students, who are often bright, are ignored and not referred for special education services because they perform well on standardized testing.  It is incredibly frustrating!  Please […]

Defining Ourselves

Published on March 27, 2013 by Jennifer Laviano

It was with great pride that I became Chair of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates this month.  COPAA is an amazing organization, and the leading national voice on special education advocacy.  Please read this blog post from the COPAA blog about how language matters when it comes to advocating for the Civil Rights […]

It Shouldn’t Be

Published on December 15, 2012 by Jennifer Laviano

Newtown, Connecticut.  It’s where I visited my aunt and uncle when I was a little girl.  It’s where I took my niece to see March of the Penguins when I was pregnant with my first child.  I drive through Newtown several times a week.  I have eaten in its restaurants. I’ve shopped in its stores. […]

VIDEO: Asking for an Independent Educational Evaluation

Published on November 13, 2012 by Jennifer Laviano

Years in the making, Your Special Education is a video-based website we’ve created to help parents understand their rights.  Check us out at; we’d love it if you subscribed! cigar store Meanwhile, please watch the first of a series we’re making of simulated IEP Team Meetings, with tips from Julie Swanson and me […]

CT Parents of Students with Disabilities: Vote Murphy

Published on October 14, 2012 by Jennifer Laviano

I don’t need to remind you that it’s election season. Even though Connecticut is not a “swing State,” and therefore somewhat disconnected from the deluge of Presidential campaign commercials, this has not prevented us from the constant onslaught of Linda McMahon commercials, robocalls, and mailers. My understanding is that her campaign for Senate is a […]

A Decade Without Bill

Published on June 21, 2012 by Jennifer Laviano

mobile spy free Ten years ago today, my dad, William “Bill” Laviano, died.  I have written about him before, and his profound influence on me and on special education advocacy in Connecticut.  As this sad anniversary has been approaching, I’ve been trying to think of something to write that will appropriately honor him.  I’ve been […]