Partner David J. Berney will be co-presenting at the upcoming 2019 Special Education Law Conference. His presentation will address parents' rights of access to student records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Pennsylvania law. Mr. Berney will analyze the substantive laws that afford parents [...]
This week, parents represented by attorney Vanita Kalra prevailed in a special education due process hearing against their child's school district. With Vanita's assistance, the parents obtained compensatory education services and a year of private-school tuition reimbursement. A hearing officer from the Pennsylvania Office of Dispute Resolution decided the case. The decision will soon be available here.
Golembiewski in Legal Intelligencer: Court hands major win to families in case against the Dep’t of Education
This week, associate Kevin Golembiewski published an article in the Legal Intelligencer highlighting a recent federal-court decision ordering the U.S. Department of Education to honor Obama-era regulations that address racial disparities in special education. The decision is a major win for families. The Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates was the plaintiff in the case. [...]
This is a guest post authored by DisabledParents.org. Becoming a parent is intimidating. However, when that includes a disability, there is so much more to consider and prepare for. This doesn't need to be an overwhelming time, as there are ways you can set yourself and your newborn up for success and a healthy life together. [...]
Once a child turns 14, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires her Individualized Education Program (IEP) to address her transition needs. Transition needs include any needs that affect the child's ability to successfully transition from school to adult life. A child may, for example, need help developing independent living skills, such as cooking [...]