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Why the ACT, College Board are Denying Your Request for Accommodations and How To Turn That Around

2018-03-16T12:31:44+00:00

Being granted accommodations for high-stakes standardized tests is no easy task, especially if your child is a high-achiever who has learned to successfully compensate for a disability.  Fortunately, during the Obama administration there were some positive legal developments that have made the law both clearer and more favorable to high-achieving applicants. When testing companies deny accommodations to high-achievers, the reasons are usually the same.  Here are those reasons and several strategies to combat those denials. "Eleventh Hour" Disabilities Testing companies to which you submit an accomodation request get hundreds of applications for extended time for every test sitting; they often don’t [...]

Why the ACT, College Board are Denying Your Request for Accommodations and How To Turn That Around2018-03-16T12:31:44+00:00

Win in Federal Court for Our Clients!

2018-03-21T18:52:28+00:00

Today our triplet clients had another huge win against the Miami-Dade County School District - the fourth largest in the country.  We're so thrilled to report that Judge Joan Lenard of the Federal District Court of the Southern District of Florida denied the school board's motion to dismiss our case.  Our clients, who won a due process case against the district under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, filed a complaint in federal court to enforce that win and the school district tied to get the case dismissed.  Today that motion to dismiss the case was denied.  This is a great development because if [...]

Win in Federal Court for Our Clients!2018-03-21T18:52:28+00:00

Making School Work, PL Files Federal Complaint on Behalf of Students with LD and ADHD

2016-08-02T13:01:22+00:00

Three students, who are triplets suffering from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Learning Disabilities (LD), have filed suit against Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) claiming school officials at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at Florida International University (MAST@FIU), an elite STEM magnet school, have harassed and discriminated against them because of their disability. This law firm, Making School Work, PL represents the boys and filed suit on their behalf under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  The suit alleges that MAST@FIU officials routinely refused to accommodate their severe ADHD and LD and did not make the high-tech devices and materials available to other [...]

Making School Work, PL Files Federal Complaint on Behalf of Students with LD and ADHD2016-08-02T13:01:22+00:00

Making School Work Wins Three Lawsuits Against the 4th Largest School District in the U.S.

2015-11-14T23:00:51+00:00

An Administrative Law Judge of the State of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings (Case Nos. 14­5679E, 14­5668E, 14­5669E) ruled last month that the Miami­Dade County School Board, which oversees the fourth largest school district in the country, violated the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for failing to adequately educate very intelligent triplets with learning disabilities and ADHD at a well­regarded STEM magnet high school, the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST@Florida International University). The students met the rigorous academic and behavioral admissions requirements of the school, but quickly landed on academic probation when the school failed to implement the accommodations [...]

Making School Work Wins Three Lawsuits Against the 4th Largest School District in the U.S.2015-11-14T23:00:51+00:00

Allison Hertog Speaks to the Florida Psychological Association

2015-11-13T23:11:27+00:00

Today Allison Hertog and Samantha Carella spoke to the Miami-Dade and Monroe Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association about Helping Disabled Students Obtain their Legal Entitlements: Grades K-12 and Beyond.  Ms. Hertog and Dr. Carella spoke for nearly three hours including actual case studies on which they collaborated to help special needs students improve their educational performance.  The topics involved advocacy in K-12 public schools as well as helping high-achievers with disabilities obtain accommodations on high-stakes exams. Their PowerPoint presentation is available here. FLPA Presentation

Allison Hertog Speaks to the Florida Psychological Association2015-11-13T23:11:27+00:00

Can A Child with Behavior Problems Survive in a Typical Classroom?

2013-01-27T12:05:55+00:00

This issue is really getting to me lately.  It seems I have several clients right now who have bright kids who are perfectly capable of doing well in a general education classroom but for their behavior problems.  The schools I'm dealing with often want to transfer the kids to special education classrooms which are exclusively for kids with "emotional or behavior disorders" or to another type of classroom purely for kids in special education, such as a class for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). "EBD" or Other Self-Contained Classrooms EBD classrooms are generally "self-contained" that means that they have only special education students [...]

Can A Child with Behavior Problems Survive in a Typical Classroom?2013-01-27T12:05:55+00:00

Finally, Some Good News for Gifted and Disabled!

2012-12-06T10:52:34+00:00

One of the most challenging and infuriating areas in which I practice is advocating for the gifted and disabled (called "twice exceptional") these days.  I feel particularly passionately about these cases because I fall into the category of twice exceptional (I suffer from multiple learning disabilities) and when I was a student in public school, I was left back in second grade and misdiagnosed as cognitively "slow." I am continually arguing to the school districts in South Florida that a gifted student should not be denied special education and related services soley because they are capable of performing at or above grade level.  I understand that the denial [...]

Finally, Some Good News for Gifted and Disabled!2012-12-06T10:52:34+00:00

Can the ADA Help Your Child in School? Yes, Now More Than Ever!

2012-02-15T10:46:40+00:00

If you're reading this blog, you've probably heard of the ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act – that’s the landmark piece of civil rights 1990 legislation which requires wheelchair accessible bathrooms, for instance.  But what you may not know is whether the ADA applies to your disabled child in school.  You'd think it would, right?  But then, why does everyone talk about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) all the time?  Well, Title II of the ADA does apply to your disabled child in school.  Not just with respect to students with physical disabilities in wheelchairs, but also to any [...]

Can the ADA Help Your Child in School? Yes, Now More Than Ever!2012-02-15T10:46:40+00:00

Congress Comes to the Rescue of Learning Disabled Students: Now Easier to Get a 504 Plan

2009-01-29T10:02:37+00:00

In the past, as many of you know, it has been extremely difficult for a learning disabled student who has performed well in school by compensating for his or her disabilities to obtain a 504 Plan.  That was because the law (Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as interpreted by most school districts) stated that students who achieved well in school could not, by definition, have a disability which "substantially limited" the "major life activity" of learning - even if they suffered from a learning disability, ADHD or other disability. Getting a 504 Plan for that [...]

Congress Comes to the Rescue of Learning Disabled Students: Now Easier to Get a 504 Plan2009-01-29T10:02:37+00:00

Accommodations in Grades K-12. How to Navigate the Public System. . .

2008-12-02T12:14:03+00:00

  Once the psycho-educational evaluation of your son or daughter is complete (See this post for more details on getting an evaluation), if a disability is found the next step will be to have a school meeting to determine if that disability significantly impacts his or her educational performance.  That sounds simple enough, but can actually be a great sticking point, particularly for gifted and disabled students. I covered that topic in detail in an article reprinted on the ISER web site. One thing is for sure that a student does not have to be failing in order to qualify for [...]

Accommodations in Grades K-12. How to Navigate the Public System. . .2008-12-02T12:14:03+00:00
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