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Special Ed Attorneys, Part 1: When Should You Hire One?

A nice 3 part series from Katie Kelly on when, why and how to pick a special education attorney   Special Ed Attorneys, Part 1: When Should You Hire One?. Know When to Call an Attorney Unfortunately, significant damage sometimes occurs before a parent is even aware that there is…

Does my child need an IEP or a 504 plan or both?

Your child does not need both a 504 plan and an IEP (Individualized Education Program).  If your child has an IEP, any 504 accommodations are included in the IEP. An IEP is the document created under IDEA (Individuals with disabilities education act) to provide individualized education instruction to meet a child’s specific needs.  IDEA and an IEP…

Why we’re getting the homework question wrong – The Answer Sheet – The Washington Post

Why we’re getting the homework question wrong – The Answer Sheet – The Washington Post. Homework may indeed have a role in shaping my children’s academic and intellectual lives. But as a parent, I’d like to be sure that role is kept in balance. Why not ask our schools to…

My child has a disability are they eligible for Social Security Benefits?

There is no real easy answer to this question.  SSI benefits for disabled children are based on several different factors. First, your family income and asset level must be below a certain amount before Social Security will even look at the medical factors.  In other words, if your family makes…

The Reality of an IEP

I thought long and hard about how to approach this topic without insinuating that parents are doing things wrong and schools are not breaking the law or fighting against giving IEPs. My goal is not to discourage parents from pursuing their legal remedies against a school. Instead, my goal is…

It’s that time of year again – IEP Reviews

for schools to began working on IEPs and reevaluations needed to be finished by the end of the school year.  Are you ready for your child’s meeting? Some quick dos and don’ts  for an IEP meeting. 1)  Do set goals both for this year, 3 years out, 5 years out,…