Tag Archives: Meaningful Parental participation

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 […]

The “Dream” Program

Published on May 29, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

term paper writing service So, I already have a page of Ridiculous Comments made by school district personnel, and their lawyers.  But lately, I’ve decided that my clients have some doozies also…so I’ve created this page:   Truly Funny, Sad, Insightful, or Outrageous Quotes From Parents. My clients inspire me.  They really do.  I can not […]

“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 […]

On Giftedness, Disability, and Public Perceptions

Published on April 20, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

So, I have been following the new series Parenthood with interest.  Yes, I loved the movie, and I like enough of the cast members to have tuned in.  But I started to commit to watching it weekly when I saw they were incorporating a story line about a family grappling with their child’s diagnosis of […]

First They Ignore You…

Published on April 17, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

One of the most frustrating aspects of my job as a parents’ side special education attorney is trying to help my clients regain trust in the system.  Sometimes, this is nearly impossible. As I’ve said before, by the time a parent of a child with special education needs has made the difficult decision to hire […]

Interpreters for IEP Team Meetings

Published on October 7, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Parents of children with special needs routinely tell me that they don’t understand their child’s IEP Team.  But what if this were LITERALLY true?  For parents of children with disabilities who are either deaf or who don’t speak English as a first language, these complex, and often contentious, IEP Meetings must seem even more overwhelming. […]

“STOP the IEP Meeting, I Want to Get Off!”

Published on June 26, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

how to do yoga at home As I near the end of a brutal IEP “Season,” I am humbled, once again, by how my clients do it.  It is one thing for me, whose job it is to represent them at these meetings and to make sure their rights are being protected, to feel overwhelmed […]

“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 […]

If It’s Almost Fixed, Let’s Not Break It

Published on May 22, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

It’s not even June yet, but my tolerance for the gamesmanship that accompanies so many Annual Review IEP meetings is getting lower by the day.  In particular, it never ceases to amaze me how very quickly some special education administrators want to yank services from a kid the moment it becomes clear that they are […]

Special Education Munchausen’s?

Published on May 10, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

I simply do not understand the attempt by so many school districts, and their counsel, to portray the genuine concern of parents of children with special education needs as exaggerated, or worse, fabricated.   Having practiced special education law in Connecticut for many years, and represented hundreds of families in that time, I am just […]