Category Archives: Current Affairs

Law Offices of Jennifer Laviano, LLC Highlighted by International Law Office Management System

Published on March 12, 2015 by Jennifer Laviano

In the last few years, we have sought to provide our clients with as many opportunities to benefit from our representation as possible.  By providing a number of professionals, including attorneys and advocates, throughout the State of Connecticut, our office keeps costs down from our clients, while giving them the best “bang for the buck” […]

The Tip of the Iceberg

Published on June 16, 2013 by Jennifer Laviano

It's been a fascinating several months here in Connecticut, as we have watched events unfold in the special education community in Darien.  The coverage has been wide locally, but if you don't want to read it all, here's the upshot:  the Special Education Director in this small, affluent town in lower Fairfield County (itself small […]

Dyslexia and Specific Learning Disabilities: Obtaining Appropriate Special Education Services

Published on June 6, 2013 by Jennifer Laviano

Tune in to our latest WebShow on obtaining appropriate services under the IDEA for students with dyslexia.   Monday  June 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm EST.  Live Q&A with questions posted on the YSER Facebook Page.  If you have questions in advance, feel free to post them as comments to this page.  We look forward […]

Emotional Disabilities Under the IDEA: The Intersection Between Special Education and Mental Health Issues

Published on May 14, 2013 by Jennifer Laviano

I have been concerned for years about what I see as a growing population of students with mental health concerns who require special education services.  So many times these students, who are often bright, are ignored and not referred for special education services because they perform well on standardized testing.  It is incredibly frustrating!  Please […]

Defining Ourselves

Published on March 27, 2013 by Jennifer Laviano

It was with great pride that I became Chair of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates this month.  COPAA is an amazing organization, and the leading national voice on special education advocacy.  Please read this blog post from the COPAA blog about how language matters when it comes to advocating for the Civil Rights […]

Fictitious Thinking: The “New” Definition of Autism

Published on January 21, 2012 by Jennifer Laviano

Do you remember the character Cassandra from Greek mythology?  Her curse was that she could accurately predict the future, but nobody would believe her when she warned them about it. Today I feel like Cassandra. In 2009, I wrote a blog post about the impending changes to the definition of “autism” in the DSM-V.  I […]

35 Years of IDEA: A Dream Deferred?

Published on December 2, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

A few days ago marked 35 years since the federal special education statute, now known as IDEA, was signed into law.  It is hard to believe that within my lifetime, and probably yours, it was legally permissible to exclude children with disabilities from our public schools entirely. Think about that for a minute. A little […]

On Giftedness, Disability, and Public Perceptions

Published on April 20, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

So, I have been following the new series Parenthood with interest.  Yes, I loved the movie, and I like enough of the cast members to have tuned in.  But I started to commit to watching it weekly when I saw they were incorporating a story line about a family grappling with their child’s diagnosis of […]

It’s a New Year, So Sue Me

Published on January 6, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

download osx snow leopard 10,6 Getting school systems to either fund additional special education services, or to reimburse parents who pay for necessary services themselves, has always been an uphill battle.  The reasons are numerous, but money is without question at the top of the list.  That’s nothing new.  However, over the years, most reasonable school […]

It Really Is About the Child

Published on December 13, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email this week, informing me that my blog was listed in the Top 50 Blogs for Special Education Teachers.  I’m sure you can figure out why I was pleased…but perhaps you’re wondering why I was so surprised. To start with, my blog is fairly new, so I was […]