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 to simultaneously care for their child’s (or sometimes children’s) special needs AND take on their school districts in a legal battle.  In addition to inspiring me, they also inform me, surprise me, and yes, frustrate me.  This is all part of being a Parents’ special education attorney.

As I often do on my blog, I will modify some of the information on this page when it’s necessary to protect the identity or interests of the child or parents.  Not all of these quotes will necessarily put the parents in the best light; however, when that’s the case, I hope to provide information as to how the situation could be rectified.

Many of these statements are ones that have stayed with me for years.  Some are very new comments I’ve heard from parents.  These quotes are from clients, prospective clients, and parents of children with disabilities I meet in Connecticut and throughout the country whom I will never represent.  I hope you will find them as interesting as I have…and if you have a great one to share, please email me or post a comment!


I received this email from a parent who follows my blog, and she thought this example was up my alley.  It is.  There are few days when I am shocked by what I hear from school districts, but several where I think “you just can’t make this stuff up!”   This email is a great illustration of that point.  I print it here verbatim with her permission:

“Under the category ‘strengths’ my son’s IEP reads:  ‘Immunizations and physical exams are up to date in accordance with CT state guidelines.’……Talk about reaching! I’d rather they go back to telling me what a nice smile he has!”

3 Responses to Um. Okay. Thanks.

  1. Rochelle
    July 15th, 2011 | 10:04 pm

    My daughters’ ‘team’ just leaves that blank … like their minds.

  2. Judy Lindenberger
    October 23rd, 2011 | 8:49 pm

    I was told that special education parents are greedy and angry at the world and that is why they fight for services for their children. The person who said this was none other than the head of special education.

  3. Sue
    December 29th, 2013 | 9:31 pm

    For my daughter’s strength they said organizational skills. Then, in one of her goals, it is to improve her organizational skills.