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Effective Parents are Aware of Their Child’s Disability and Their Strengths and Weaknesses

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Parents are usually the first to realize that their child is struggling in school or that something is “just not right.” Effective parents trust their instincts and seek evaluations to address their concerns, even when ...

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Special Education Law Tip #13: Dial Back Privately Provided Services

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Most parents’ natural inclination is to help their children succeed. Because of this desire, many parents of children with special education needs choose to provide their child with privately funded special education ...

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Recognizing Dyslexia Awareness Month

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Special Education Attorney Jeff Sankey is pleased to announce that he has become a member of the International Dyslexia Association. The International Dyslexia Association is an ...

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Special Education Tip # 12: Do Not Sign an IEP Without Reviewing it Carefully

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Do not sign an IEP without reviewing it carefully.  An IEP is an important document which specifies a school district’s obligations to provide special education services.  Every year, parents attend team meetings to ...

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Effective Parents are Involved in Their Child’s Education

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Through our work with parents of children involved in the special education system, we have seen what traits Here is the first in a series of tips on navigating the special education system.  Trait # 1: Effective parents are ...

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10 Traits of Effective Parents in Navigating the Special Education System

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Navigating the Special Education System Advocating for children in the special education system can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience for parents. Parents of children who require special education services quickly ...

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Special Education Tip # 11: Maintain Productive Relationships

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Maintain Productive Relationships in Special Education Advocating for services or an out-of-district placement for a child with a disability can be a long and frustrating road. Often, parents must engage in countless team ...

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Special Education Tip #10: Choose Evaluators Wisely & Stay Organized

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How to choose Special Education Evaluators or Experts Deciding to hire an attorney to undertake a special education case is a big decision for many parents. Preparing to file a hearing request with the Bureau of Special ...

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When an Employee Cannot Be Fired: Exceptions to the At-Will Employment Rule

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As we discussed in a previous blog post, most jobs in Massachusetts are categorized as at-will employment. This general rule means that employers or employees may terminate their relationship for any cause, or no cause at ...

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Special Education Tip # 9: Share the Results of Outside Evaluations with Your Child’s School

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Share the Results of Outside Evaluations with Your Child’s School Many parents struggle with the decision to disclose information about their child’s disability to their child’s school. While independent evaluations ...

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