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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

The Promising Future of Virtual SpEd

2013-12-02T17:34:57+00:00

In my role as a special education advocate working primarily in Miami-Dade – the fourth largest public school district in the country – I’ve participated in hundreds of school meetings.   Naturally as an advocate, I meet lots of dissatisfied parents, but I also see very unhappy teachers and administrators who are equally frustrated with a special education system laden with laws and red tape that often doesn’t result in even adequate educational achievement. One bright light in Miami is an emphasis on high quality online education options for struggling learners which they can access at home and in school.  Virtual ed [...]

The Promising Future of Virtual SpEd2013-12-02T17:34:57+00:00

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

2013-01-28T20:43:48+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 in [...]

Don’t Let Your School Get Away with Denying an Evaluation to Your Child2013-01-28T20:43:48+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

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

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

2011-10-11T14:10:52+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 in [...]

Miami-Dade School District Cut ESE Funding by Over $46 Million, Broward – $32 Million!2011-10-11T14:10:52+00:00

Are You an Extreme Chooser? (How Far Would You Go to Find the Right School?)

2010-05-03T13:52:52+00:00

Most parents are advocates of school choice -whether we identify ourselves that way or not.  We would choose to send our children to the best school in our neighborhood over the one which was just simply around the corner, that is, if we could.  Upper middle class parents routinely choose to buy homes in neighborhoods where the schools are superior - that was the earliest, and is still the most common, form of school choice. Parents of children with special needs have been called "extreme choosers" when it comes to finding the right school for their child.  That's because their children's [...]

Are You an Extreme Chooser? (How Far Would You Go to Find the Right School?)2010-05-03T13:52:52+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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