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Questions Parents should ask before signing a Settlement Agreement

The IDEA encourages Parents and School Districts to resolve disputes without involving counsel. Sometimes, as a result of these discussions and/or dispute resolutions, School Districts will offer Parents a resolution that both the Parent and the School District think is fair. However, the School District may then ask the Parent

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Transition to School Age Programming

During the child’s last year of Early Intervention programming, a transition process will occur to move the child from their preschool programming to a kindergarten (or first grade) program at their local school district or charter school. Parents will first be notified that a transition meeting is being scheduled. This

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Navigating Rare and Complex Diagnoses and Disorders

nvolvement in Special Education for any significant length of time will ultimately result in you encountering a rare and complex disorder.  While every disability has its unique challenges, often times we can rely on our knowledge base or experience to help us in planning for the student. However, when addressing 

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A List of Supports That Can Benefit Children with Visual Impairments

Visual impairments affect many students and can involve a variety of other issues such as tracking, processing, and convergence. These issues can significantly impact children throughout their school day. Visual impairment is an eligibility category under IDEA and, in May 2017, the Office for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services issued

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Visual Impairment

When thinking about our children’s vision, we often rely on our school nurse to alert us when our child is failing a visual acuity or color blindness test. However, visual impairments can involve a variety of other issues such as tracking, processing, and convergence which are not assessed by these

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Extended School Year Services for Post-21 years of Age

Recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued an updated Basic Education Circular (“BEC”) regarding Extended School Year Services (“ESY”) that provides guidance to School Districts and Parents about the interpretation of the state regulations that govern students.  Prior to release of this updated ESY BEC, there was no clear guidance

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Summer and Special Needs: How to find the Right Fit?

Finding a summer program for child with special needs can be challenging. Not all children qualify for Extended School Year (“ESY”) services and, even those students who do qualify, the ESY programs are generally only a portion of the summer. Here are some general questions that should be considered prior

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Discipline of Special Education Students

The discipline of special education students has caused tremendous confusion within the area of special education law.  Among one of the most litigated issues in special education, the law regarding discipline has recently undergone many changes. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) places specific requirements on school districts before

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Functional Behavior Assessments

Parents of students who are demonstrating problematic behaviors in school can request that their local school district conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment (“FBA”) to identify how these behaviors can be remediated in a positive manner. An FBA is an evaluative process for addressing problem behavior. It relies on a...

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Discipline of Special Education Students

The discipline of special education students has caused tremendous confusion within the area of special education law.  Among one of the most litigated issues in special education, the law regarding discipline has recently undergone many changes. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) places specific requirements on school districts...

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Summer and Special Needs: How to find the Right Fit?

Finding a summer program for child with special needs can be challenging. Not all children qualify for Extended School Year (“ESY”) services and, even those students who do qualify, the ESY programs are generally only a portion of the summer. Here are some general questions that should be considered...

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Extended School Year Services for Post-21 years of Age

Recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued an updated Basic Education Circular (“BEC”) regarding Extended School Year Services (“ESY”) that provides guidance to School Districts and Parents about the interpretation of the state regulations that govern students.  Prior to release of this updated ESY BEC, there was no clear...

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Visual Impairment

When thinking about our children’s vision, we often rely on our school nurse to alert us when our child is failing a visual acuity or color blindness test. However, visual impairments can involve a variety of other issues such as tracking, processing, and convergence which are not assessed by...

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A List of Supports That Can Benefit Children with Visual Impairments

Visual impairments affect many students and can involve a variety of other issues such as tracking, processing, and convergence. These issues can significantly impact children throughout their school day. Visual impairment is an eligibility category under IDEA and, in May 2017, the Office for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services...

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