Tag Archives: Asperger’s Disorder and eligibility under IDEA

“He’s Too Smart for Special Education”

Published on August 12, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

As a parents’ special education attorney in Connecticut, I hear outrageous statements that parents are told by their school districts on an almost daily basis.  But, sometimes, I am told something that passes the realm of outrageous, and crosses into ridiculous. Such statements mislead or misrepresent the school’s legal obligations, and always in a way […]

“High Functioning” Autism: A New Battleground?

Published on May 26, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

As an attorney representing children with special education needs in Connecticut, I remember all too well the climate we faced over a decade ago, when the “first wave” of parents of children with autism were starting to challenge the appropriateness of the programs offered by their school districts. Back then, merely getting districts to acknowledge […]