Tag Archives: IEPs

The Calm Before The Storm

Published on June 29, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

I feel a little guilty for having neglected my blog most of this month, but the volume of IEP meetings, mediation, and Due Process Hearing commitments has prohibited me from writing much other than responses to Motions to Dismiss, 10 day notice letters, and a whole lot of nasty grams! The month of June has […]

“But Quentin Tarantino is VERY Successful!”

Published on April 25, 2010 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. american dream definition essay Such statements mislead or misrepresent the school’s legal obligations, and […]

“IEP Direct Won’t Let Us Do That”

Published on September 10, 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 […]

Reinventing the Wheel

Published on August 16, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

write my paper I have to confess, I thoroughly enjoy watching infomercials.  I just love how they can take a basic, every-day task which is generally not that problematic, and hyperbolize the scenario so much that it becomes, to me anyway, incredibly funny.  You know the ones:  A woman tries to put on a blanket […]

“Well ALL Kids Do That!”

Published on June 11, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

T-minus 12 business days until the end of June, and therefore the close of yet another whirlwind Annual Review IEP Season.  Somehow, I don’t think I’m going to make it without another few rants.  In my special education law practice in Connecticut, I attend most of the Annual Reviews on behalf of my clients this […]

Unseemly IEP Team Member: “The Cheerleader”

Published on June 8, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

“The Cheerleader” So, a parent of a child with special education needs arrives at an IEP meeting with a list of serious concerns.  Not infrequently, their child is struggling, and the parents’ disagreements with the program are significant.  There may even be severe academic or behavioral regression at the time of the meeting.  Sometimes the […]

Is There a Stigma Associated with Special Education Services?

Published on May 11, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

More than thirty years since the passage of the first federal law mandating special education and related services, the question lingers as to whether being found eligible for these services will “stigmatize” children.  I am asked this question on occasion by Parents, and I always provide the same answer: The real stigma will come if […]