Tag Archives: Parental participation

Um. Okay. Thanks.

Published on July 15, 2011 by Jennifer Laviano

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 imagine how they manage […]

A Mother's Day

Published on May 8, 2011 by Jennifer Laviano

Back Off Ex Girlfriend Quotes Last night, we took my mother out to dinner to celebrate Mother's Day.  While at at the restaurant, and on cue with the arrival of my own food, both my little ones let me know they had to go to the bathroom.  So, off I head to the ladies room, with […]

Bullying of Kids with Disabilities: How One Young Man Took Back Control

Published on March 31, 2011 by Jennifer Laviano

For followers of my blog, you know that the bullying of kids with disabilities is a subject that I believe has long been overlooked.  I have spoken and written about this topic for years, well before bullying was a fixture on the evening news. Recently, I had the chance to hear a very inspirational story about a […]


Published on December 22, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

Sometimes it's difficult to know what to to be happy about as an attorney who represents children with disabilities.  As you can imagine, the facts that support a “really great special education case” are, by definition, at best unpleasant, and at worst horrific. It's an odd feeling, reviewing a child's special education records.  When I […]

"Why Would We Do an Evaluation, She Already Gets Services?"

Published on November 9, 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. Such statements mislead or misrepresent the school’s legal obligations, and always in a way […]

The Special Education Blame Game

Published on September 24, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

It’s unfortunate, but true:  when parents of children with disabilities begin to seriously question the appropriateness of the special education program being provided to their child, the school district will often start to play “the blame game.” The Special Education Blame Game is when educators attempt to assign responsibility for a student’s lack of success […]

Fix It Or Move?

Published on August 19, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

I have represented hundreds of children with special education needs over the years.  You can imagine that, if the parents have decided to hire an attorney, there isn’t a lot of “warm and fuzzy” going on between them and the school.  There is frustration.  There is disappointment.  There is confusion.  There is anger, and sometimes […]

Missed Opportunities

Published on August 13, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

how to enlarge penile length naturally Recently, I attended an IEP Team Meeting that was, well, dare I say it?  Lovely.  I mean it.  About a year ago, the parents had hired me to represent their son, because they just could not convince their school district that their child was really, truly struggling.  He is […]

We’re Fractured, and They’re Banking On It

Published on July 18, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

It seems to me that lately, the disagreements within the community of individuals who are concerned about children with disabilities are starting to outnumber the agreements.  Which is pretty ludicrous, because when it comes to at least the IDEA (if not a number of other laws), we really have far more common ground than not.  […]

“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 […]