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It’s Mental Health Awareness Month! Shedding Light on the Invisible Disability

Often times, mental health disorders are considered an invisible disability. You cannot simply look at a person and see that they have a mental illness. However, the National Alliance on Mental Health (N AMI) reports that 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness in a given year. Additionally, mental illness is a contributing factor in those in homeless shelters and prison.

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Don’t Let the Sponge Dry Up! The Importance of Education During Summer Break

All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.

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Why You Should Have Medical Assistance For Your Child

As a special education attorney, I ask the parents during our initial consultation whether the child has medical assistance. Oftentimes the parents respond that they have private insurance for their child. Regardless of whether the child is covered under private insurance, the child should have medical assistance.

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Child Find Under Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act promotes the integration of students with disabilities into mainstream society by eliminating discrimination on the basis of handicap in a program or activity receiving federal financial assistance, such as the District.

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Understanding Your Right to ESY

The IDEA requires school districts to offer Extended School Year (ESY) services to students if necessary for the provision of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to your child. However, the IDEA is silent as to what factors a student’s IEP team should consider when determining whether a student needs ESY in order to receive FAPE.

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Tips and Strategies to Get Your Child Started off on the Right Track

Ahhh…spring is in the air! Many parents and kids are thinking of summer and all of the fun things to do during break. For students, the last thing on their minds is going back to school in the fall. In fact, children often dread returning to school.

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School Districts Soon Responsible to Address Suicide Prevention

Suicide rates for our youth are astounding. Often, suicide is linked with bullying, which seems to be an epidemic in our schools across the county. Thankfully, there may be hope on the horizon.

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