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Supreme Court Hears Service Dog Case

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Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), individuals claiming a violation of IDEA must exhaust administrative proceedings before bringing a case against a school district in federal court. But what ...

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What Are Related Services for Special Education?

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law that governs special education. Children who are eligible to receive special education services are eligible to receive both (1) special education and ...

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What is an IEP Team and Who are its Members?

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Similar to athletic teams, an Individualized Education Plan  team (“team”) is comprised of persons who hold specific roles. A team generally includes the following individuals: Parents of the child with the disability At ...

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United States Supreme Court to Consider Whether to Adopt a Heightened FAPE Standard

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For the first time since 1982, the United States Supreme Court will consider what level of educational benefit a school must deliver to a student receiving special education services in order to meet the Free and Appropriate ...

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What Impairments are Considered ‘Disabilities’ for Special Education Purposes in Massachusetts?

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Are you wondering whether your child has a disability that may qualify him or her for special education services? The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – the federal law that governs special education ...

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Who Qualifies for Special Education Services?

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When your child demonstrates academic, social or emotional difficulties at school, you may wonder whether he or she might need special education services. How is a child found eligible for such services? The Individuals with ...

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Effective Parents Recognize that Change Takes Time

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Effective parents recognize that change  takes time, and they implement a plan to make necessary changes Do you recall the old saying, “Patience is a virtue”?  While the ability to wait calmly or to accept delay ...

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Effective Parents Build a Team of Professionals to Evaluate and Advocate for their Children

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Build a team of professionals to evaluate and advocate for your child Convincing a school district to increase your child’s services or to change his or her placement almost always requires the assistance of a professional ...

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Effective Parents Maintain a Cordial and Professional Relationship with School Staff

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Maintain a cordial and professional relationship with school staff It goes without saying that maintaining respectful and cordial relations with school personnel – even if you disagree on the issues – is a worthy ...

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Effective Parents Cooperate and Share Information with their Child’s Teachers and Special Education Team

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Share information with your child’s teachers and team Parents are often frustrated by a school’s failure to conduct thorough evaluations using qualified professionals. Discouraged by the school’s failure to evaluate, ...

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