Tag Archives: IDEA

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 […]

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 […]

A Decade Without Bill

Published on June 21, 2012 by Jennifer Laviano

mobile spy free Ten years ago today, my dad, William “Bill” Laviano, died.  I have written about him before, and his profound influence on me and on special education advocacy in Connecticut.  As this sad anniversary has been approaching, I’ve been trying to think of something to write that will appropriately honor him.  I’ve been […]

“This Doesn’t Happen to People Like Us”

Published on April 12, 2012 by Jennifer Laviano

You won’t believe this story. In fact, I didn’t, at first.  As you might expect from a lawyer, I had to be convinced through documentary evidence.  Once I was, I couldn’t wait to share it! If you read my blog you already know that I’m a pretty jaded and cynical person.  I like to remain […]

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 […]

Social-Pathologist-Behavior-Worker-Therapist-Type Person

Published on October 10, 2011 by Jennifer Laviano

True confession:  when I was in junior high and high school I LOVED General Hospital.  I admit it.  I loved it even though I knew it was ludicrous.  It's an embarrassing but true part of my past. One of the things that I realized about the show as I got older was just how silly […]

“The Behavior Guy”

Published on June 10, 2011 by Jennifer Laviano

As a parents’ special education attorney in Connecticut, I hear outrageous statements that parents are told by their school districts on an almost daily basis.  But, sometimes, I am told something that passes the realm of outrageous, and crosses into ridiculous. mobile phone surveillance equipment Today’s Ridiculous Comment You really can not make this stuff […]

Weather or Naught

Published on May 23, 2011 by Jennifer Laviano

  Okay…I know it’s that time of year again.  IEP Season.  From now through the end of June, I will be in numerous IEP meetings per week, sometimes a few a day.  It’s enough to make a woman cranky. This isn’t the first year I’ve written about the nauseating experience of hearing the same ridiculous comments […]