Category Archives: Tips for Parents

IDEA’s 10 Day Notice Requirement

Published on August 6, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

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Top 5 Tips for Reviewing School Evaluations, Tip 5

Published on August 2, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

I am by no means a psychiatrist, psychologist, school psychologist, special education teacher, or related service provider.  I am not licensed or trained in administering any of the test typically given to students with disabilities in our public schools.  However, over the many years I have been representing children with special education needs in my […]

When Drugs and Special Education Mix

Published on July 30, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

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The Proof Shall Set You Free

Published on July 28, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

One of my favorite movie lines is from A Few Good Men, when accused Marine Lance Cpl. Dawson asks his lawyer, Lt. Caffey (a/k/a Tom Cruise) whether or not he believes him.  His ultimate reply:  “it doesn’t matter what I think, it matters what I can prove!” is something I think of often in my […]

Top 5 Tips for Reviewing School Evaluations, Tip 4

Published on July 27, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

I am by no means a psychiatrist, psychologist, school psychologist, special education teacher, or related service provider.  I am not licensed or trained in administering any of the test typically given to students with disabilities in our public schools.  However, over the many years I have been representing children with special education needs in my […]

Section 504: The Other White Meat?

Published on July 26, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

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Special Education Meetings CAN Be Held Over The Summer!

Published on July 25, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

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“They’ve Lawyered Up, Sipowicz”

Published on July 24, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Parents of children with special education needs are entitled to hire legal counsel to represent them in Due Process Hearings with their school district, and the IDEA even contains a “fee-shifting” provision, which might entitle a parent to reimbursement of reasonable attorneys’ fees if they prevail in litigation.  Whether to hire a special education attorney […]

Top 5 Tips for Reviewing School Evaluations, Tip 3

Published on July 20, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

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Surprising Special Education Allies

Published on July 17, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

One of the things I discovered early in my career as a special education lawyer is that a good percentage of the parents who contacted me to represent their child with disabilities were referred to me by a teacher or service provider from the child’s school.  It is usually “off the record,” and I have […]