Tag Archives: IDEA Due Process Hearings

VIDEO: Asking for an Independent Educational Evaluation

Published on November 13, 2012 by Jennifer Laviano

Years in the making, Your Special Education Rights.com is a video-based website we’ve created to help parents understand their rights.  Check us out at www.yourspecialeducationrights.com; we’d love it if you subscribed! cigar store Meanwhile, please watch the first of a series we’re making of simulated IEP Team Meetings, with tips from Julie Swanson and me […]

DON'T THROW AWAY ANYTHING!!!

Published on December 22, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

Sometimes it's difficult to know what to to be happy about as an attorney who represents children with disabilities.  As you can imagine, the facts that support a “really great special education case” are, by definition, at best unpleasant, and at worst horrific. It's an odd feeling, reviewing a child's special education records.  When I […]

Ask for the Email

Published on November 18, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

Whenever parents retain my firm, I ask them to sign a form requesting all of their child's education records be sent to me as their special education lawyer.  It's a standard “FERPA” request…the easiest way to explain FERPA is that it is sort of like the educational version of HIPAA.  Bottom line is that I […]

The Calm Before The Storm

Published on June 29, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

I feel a little guilty for having neglected my blog most of this month, but the volume of IEP meetings, mediation, and Due Process Hearing commitments has prohibited me from writing much other than responses to Motions to Dismiss, 10 day notice letters, and a whole lot of nasty grams! The month of June has […]

IDEA Hearings: A Hearing Officer’s View

Published on April 6, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

I have known of BJ Ebenstein for years, but only recently did I have the honor of getting to chat with her about the important legal issues that impact children with special education needs.  Since I have found in my Connecticut special education law practice that most parents have no idea what information is, and […]

Even a Broken Clock…

Published on March 25, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

One of the hardest things about being a parents’ special education attorney is that there are times where you realize that the success or failure of the child’s case may depend on how capable the parent is at testifying.  That’s a tough pill to swallow. But every once in a while, you have a moment […]

What NOT to Wear to Your Due Process Hearing

Published on February 10, 2010 by Jennifer Laviano

Many of my clients will ask me what to wear to their child’s special education Due Process Hearing.  As a matter of law, it should be entirely irrelevant to the proceedings what the parents of children with disabilities are wearing.  Impartial Hearing Officers are not saying “I found in favor of the school district because […]

Resolution Sessions Under the IDEA

Published on June 4, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Every few years, Congress reauthorizes the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  As part of that process, changes are made to the Statute, many of which are lobbied for by school districts or parents’ disability advocacy groups.  The 2004 Reauthorization of the IDEA, which led to the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of […]