Category Archives: Special Ed – CT specific

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 […]

Connecticut Enacts Important Autism Legislation

Published on May 6, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

Another late night at the Capitol last night, showing support for the passage of HB 5425.  Around midnight, just before the legislative session ended, the Senate voted by consent (unanimously) to pass HB 5425.  Yes, this is the same bill that previously included very concerning language regarding Connecticut’s Burden of Proof in special education due […]

Connecticut’s Burden of Proof, Redux

Published on March 6, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

Here we go again. Last Spring, I wrote about how parents of children with special education needs in Connecticut, as well as their advocates and attorneys, organized to successfully oppose efforts by school districts to switch the Burden of Proof in Special Education Due Process Hearings from the school district, who has the burden now, […]

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 […]

10 Tips for Starting a Special Education Law Practice, Part IX

Published on May 22, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

The stakes are incredibly high when one is representing the interests of children with special education needs.  While I think it is a good idea to weigh the “pros and cons” of entering any field of practice, or any profession for that matter, my personal belief is that this particular calling requires more consideration, research […]

The Advisory Opinion Process in CT Special Education

Published on May 20, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

The IDEA requires States to provide Mediation opportunities to parents of children with special education needs to resolve disputes with their school districts.  In addition to Mediation, States can elect to offer other types of dispute resolution procedures as alternatives to litigating a Due Process Hearing, and Connecticut has incorporated a procedure called “Advisory Opinions” […]

Update on CT Mandated Insurance Coverage for Autism Treatment

Published on May 17, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

As many of you already know, Connecticut is one of many states considering legislation which would mandate insurance coverage of autism treatment.  I have written on this subject before, and it is something about which I care deeply.  You can read my full post on this subject here: I am happy to report that, […]

Unseemly IEP Team Member: “The Lawless Renegade”

Published on May 13, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

“The Lawless Renegade” paper writer IEP Team Meetings can and should include a wide range of educational professionals.  Unfortunately, every once in a while they include a “lawless renegade.”  This is a person who either does not know about, or does not care about, the school district’s legal obligations under federal and state special education […]

How the “PJ Case” Impacts Connecticut Special Education

Published on May 10, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

If you are like many of my clients, you may have heard your school district mention the “PJ Case” at your IEP Team meeting.  What is it, and why is everyone talking about it? In 2002, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut approved a settlement agreement and Consent Decree between the […]

Eligibility for Special Education Services End Date Unchanged in Connecticut

Published on April 25, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Since posting about the resolution (for now) of the Burden of Proof in Due Process Hearings in CT (read under “The Burden of Proof in CT Due Process Hearings” published 4/12/09 in this blog), I have gotten several emails asking what happened to the other provision of the special education laws which was up for […]