California has a large population of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Recent COVID-19 studies have identified several groups within this population as being at high risk of COVID-19 complications and related fatalities. The purpose of this letter is to clarify that family members of certain people are “health care workers” pursuant to the StateRead More
Five Powerful Tools #1 – The Right to Request Assessments
“Child Find” is the term used to define the obligation of public schools to look for struggling students that might have a learning disability. Despite that obligation, most school assessments are initiated due to parental requests. If you suspect your child’s struggles with school, anxiety, depression, or school refusal may stem from an undiagnosed learningRead More
FIVE POWERFUL TOOLS for Special Ed Parents
Most special education parents have received enough copies of their procedural rights to build a fort. But, even if you have taken the time to read them, they don’t inform or educate you about the “tools” the law provides parents and how you can use them to support your child’s right to that all tooRead More
TLO BACK-TO-SCHOOL IEP CHECKUP GUIDE
Just like your child needs an annual well-child check-up with their pediatrician, your child’s IEP or 504 needs an annual checkup to assure it is effective. There is no better time than summer, so you can request an early meeting to make any necessary changes or updates. It is likely your child’s IEP was draftedRead More
Lay the Foundation for a Successful Back-to-School Transition
Summer can be a mixed bag for special needs children and their parents. For some the relief from academic and social demands makes for a welcome and relaxing break. For others the loss of the school routine and supports can result in a trying and difficult time. But, for all transitioning back to a newRead More
ALPHABET SOUP: A Special Education Law Appetizer
If you are new to the special education process, it may feel like you’ve stumbled into a strange land where they speak a completely different language. Here is a primer on the common abbreviations and acronyms used when discussing special education. ABA – Applied Behavioral Therapy – A data-driven, evidence-based method of therapy used toRead More
Key Points to a Successful IEP
Concerned you aren’t getting the most out of your IEP? Watch our video to explain the steps necessary to achieve the best possible IEP for your child.
Supreme Court Hears Special Ed. Case
Today the Supreme Court heard the case of Endrew F., which requested clarification on the “substantial educational benefit” standard for FAPE under the Rowley standard.
How to Request and Obtain an Independent Educational Evaluation
David shares tips on how to request and obtain an IEE.