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Before, During, and After: The IEP Process With and Without an Advocate

2020-05-16T19:22:01+00:00

Your How-To Guide for an IEP Meeting With or Without an Advocate.  School meetings for children with disabilities can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. Let’s break it down.  Here's some simple, doable steps that will help you feel empowered and prepared at each point in the process: before, during and after the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting. WHAT TO DO BEFORE THE MEETING With An Advocate Review Your IEP Goals A brief phone call or consultation to ensure you’re on the same page. Make sure your advocate has updated information and reports or [...]

Before, During, and After: The IEP Process With and Without an Advocate2020-05-16T19:22:01+00:00

IEP SOS

2020-04-22T22:13:27+00:00

IEP meeting coming up? You probably find IEP and 504 meetings confusing in general, and now during the Coronavirus, things feel even worse. At meetings parents are outnumbered by school people. They seem to speak a foreign language of special education acronyms. And your questions are often left unanswered. All you want is understand the IEP process and help your special needs child. You may not even be sure of the meaning of an IEP vs. a 504 Plan.   You're not alone if you think an accommodation is something more you book at a hotel.   On the other [...]

IEP SOS2020-04-22T22:13:27+00:00

Win in Federal Court for Our Clients!

2020-04-15T02:18:09+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 [...]

Win in Federal Court for Our Clients!2020-04-15T02:18:09+00:00

Allison Hertog Speaks to the Florida Psychological Association

2020-04-15T02:22:19+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 Association2020-04-15T02:22:19+00:00

Don’t Let Your School Get Away with Denying an Evaluation to Your Child

2020-04-15T03:11:38+00:00

Every so often the government takes a powerful stance on the side of the less powerful.  January 21, 2011 was one of those moments.  On that date the United States Department of Education released a memo to the State Directors of Special Education stating that schools cannot deny or delay a parent's request for a psycho-educational evaluation of their child if the parent and the school believe that the child may be eligible for special education services.  It is pretty unusual for the US Dept. of Ed to issue a memo like that, and it must be that my experience [...]

Don’t Let Your School Get Away with Denying an Evaluation to Your Child2020-04-15T03:11:38+00:00

Charter Schools Have a Great Opportunity to Serve Sped Students Well

2020-04-15T04:32:33+00:00

As many of you may have heard, last spring the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a study concluding that charter schools enroll a lower percentage of special education students than traditional public schools.  The latest is that the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights has deployed “several broad compliance reviews” to address enrollment as well as legal compliance in charter schools, and that some state legislatures have placed enrollment “targets” resembling quotas in charter schools to “fix” the enrollment problem. This GAO report has gotten a tremendous amount of attention over the last several months.  Some of that [...]

Charter Schools Have a Great Opportunity to Serve Sped Students Well2020-04-15T04:32:33+00:00

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

2020-04-15T03:18:03+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 [...]

Can the ADA Help Your Child in School? Yes, Now More Than Ever!2020-04-15T03:18:03+00:00

Miami-Dade School District Cut ESE Funding by Over $46 Million, Broward – $32 Million!

2020-04-15T03:19:30+00:00

If you've heard your child's teachers complaining more than ever about scarce classroom resources - or worse, your child has lost classroom support, such as a paraprofessional or an extra teacher - there's a reason.  The most recent data gathered by Washington, DC - based Advocacy Institute shows that Miami-Dade Public School District has cut special ed funding by over $46 million dollars!  And Broward by over $32 million.  In my work I've seen some kids with Autism or severe ADHD being placed in classrooms with intellectually disabled kids because it's cheaper than giving them the support they're entitled to [...]

Miami-Dade School District Cut ESE Funding by Over $46 Million, Broward – $32 Million!2020-04-15T03:19:30+00:00

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