Understanding Your Child’s IEP

A child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the cornerstone of his special education programming.  An IEP is a document that identifies the special education placement and services that a child with disabilities requires to make educational progress.  IEPs are viewed as contracts between schools and parents; schools are obliged to comply with a child's IEP and [...]

Understanding Your Child’s IEP 2017-11-27T03:27:06+00:00

Approved Private Schools in Philadelphia

Many students with disabilities require more intensive special education services than their schools can provide them.  These students can obtain the services they need from private schools that are designed specifically for students with disabilities.  Such schools are known as "special needs private schools."  In Philadelphia, there are many special needs private schools, including schools [...]

Approved Private Schools in Philadelphia 2017-11-21T13:33:51+00:00

A Primer on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

In 2014, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  The Act is not widely known, but it should be: it provides valuable resources to persons with disabilities seeking employment. What does the Act do? According to the Department of Labor, the Act "is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, [...]

A Primer on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act 2017-11-17T02:57:44+00:00

How do special education due process hearings work?

If your child is eligible for special education but her needs are not being met, you can seek legal action against your child's school district.  Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the first step in redressing your child's special education rights is filing for a due process hearing.  A due process hearing is an [...]

How do special education due process hearings work? 2017-11-15T13:35:37+00:00

Substantive vs. Procedural Violations Under the IDEA

David J. Berney co-authored this article with Timothy Gilsbach, Esquire, for a continuing legal education presentation. I.  Introduction The IDEA provides a series of procedural and substantive protections for parents and their children with qualifying disabilities. In considering an IDEA complaint, the hearing officer is supposed to make his/her decision “on substantive grounds based on [...]

Substantive vs. Procedural Violations Under the IDEA 2017-11-12T21:46:30+00:00

Congress Introduces New Anti-Bullying Bill

On October 24, 2017, the United States House of Representatives introduced a new anti-bullying bill: Danny's Law.  The bill is named after Daniel Fitzpatrick, who took his own life at age 13 as a direct result of bullying.  Daniel left a suicide note specifically referencing the bullying.  The bill would establish a commission to investigate [...]

Congress Introduces New Anti-Bullying Bill 2017-11-18T05:47:02+00:00

See Berney in Action Before the Third Circuit

Last month, David J. Berney argued an important special education case before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  Berney argued that a special education parent is entitled to attorney's fees when a school district includes neither fees nor pendency in a 10-day offer.  (A 10-day offer is a type of settlement offer made in special [...]

See Berney in Action Before the Third Circuit 2017-11-17T23:52:39+00:00

Parents Must Take this Legal Step to Stop Bullying

More and more stories of bullying are being reported in the news.  Parents often ask us what should they do if their children are being bullied in school and school officials have not taken appropriate action to resolve the problem.  What is worse is when the bullying continues frequently and the school has not addressed [...]

Parents Must Take this Legal Step to Stop Bullying 2017-11-13T13:17:25+00:00