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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

James Tate…THIS is When They Choose to React?

Published on May 11, 2011 by Jennifer Laviano

Like everybody in the State of Connecticut, and the nation, and it seems the world, I am following the James Tate story.  And no, I do not represent him.  I will be dating myself with this reference, but not since I was prom-aged myself have I seen such an adorable, romantic gesture as James' prom […]

A Father’s Legacy to Special Education Advocacy

Published on June 21, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

On this Father’s Day, I can’t help but be a little sad.  Much as I will try to spend today letting my husband know how much our daughters and I appreciate him as a father, today is the anniversary of my own father’s death.  Seven years ago today, and in many ways, it feels like […]

There is Good on Both Sides of the Fence

Published on June 16, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

essay on I have mentioned before that I am a second generation special education attorney.  My late father represented children with special needs, and I mentored under and learned from him for many years before becoming a lawyer myself.  My dad had a lot of favorite quotations from others, and more than a few of […]

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

Published on May 24, 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 […]

Bullying of Kids with Disabilities : How Can We Make it Stop?

Published on April 22, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Yet another sad story of a child who committed suicide because he was being bullied at school.  Poor Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover of Massachusetts killed himself, apparently to put an end to the constant bullying to which he was subjected by his peers at school.  Reportedly, Carl was routinely humiliated based on perceptions on his tormentors’ […]