When I decided to start a blog about special education legal issues, one of the main things I hoped to accomplish was to give parents of children with disabilities information which would help them understand their rights and the rights of their children under the IDEA. I happen to believe that one of the best ways to learn is through our mistakes, and I have seen (and made) many in my special education law practice in Connecticut. In almost every interview I conduct with a prospective client, there comes a moment where they tell me something that makes me wince a little bit, because it is a mistake that could present an obstacle to success in their case. Here are some of the most common. The good news is: you can avoid or fix most of them.