Who do I need? Attorney vs. Advocate 101

When do you need a special education attorney versus a parent advocate? Federal and state laws require school districts to find and identify children with disabilities. Parents can request that their child be evaluated, and schools must respond appropriately. Once children have been identified, the schools are required to determine if they are eligible for…

College Code of Conduct – Quick Qs & As

College Students Often Caught Off Guard by Code of Conduct Q: What is a college code of conduct? A: The code of conduct is a set of rules that governs student behavior on campus. This includes the regulation of academic behavior (e.g. plagiarism, cheating, academic dishonesty), as well as non-academic behavior (e.g., alcohol or drug…

HOW TO: Be A College Student With A Disability

If you were a student with a disability in elementary, middle or high school and are now in college, you’ve probably noticed a huge difference. Gone are the intervention specialists and teachers who read your IEP or 504 and kept you on track educationally, emotionally or physically. College professors expect you to manage your classes,…

HOW TO: Party (smart) Off Campus

It’s a big weekend, with football season openers, good weather, and holiday events. Read these quick tips so you can be informed before you host or attend a party! For more information on potential offenses that you could be facing, click on the links. HOSTING A PARTY OFF CAMPUS Party prep Post “No drinking under…

Drugs & Driver’s License Changes: The New Law

CHANGES TO THE LAW GO INTO EFFECT ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 Current situation: you are charged with a minor misdemeanor for possession of weed while you are at a house party off campus. The result? A mandatory 6 month minimum driver’s license suspension. But you weren’t even near a car. Senate Bill 204: No more mandatory 6 month driver’s license suspension…

A Back-to-School Checklist for Parents with Kids in SpecEd

It’s a new year, with new teachers, new classmates, and new things to learn!  To help your child get off to a good start, here’s a to-do list for parents of children in special education: 1. Organize your paperwork.   Keep a large three ring binder for each school year.  On each document, lightly pencil…

Starting Point: ADHD

School-aged children with ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological disorder affecting between 4-12 % of school aged children. It is a deficiency of a specific neurotransmitter called norepinephrine. The ADHD brain matures at a different rate than a typical brain, resulting in a delay of 3-5 years of the frontal cortex area,…

Age of Consent

In Ohio, the age of consent is 16. This means a 16 year old can consent to sexual activity with an adult as long as it is not forced, coerced, or with a person in a position of power over them (teacher, coach, etc.). REMEMBER If the child is 13 years old, can consent to…

School Dress Codes

Public schools in Ohio have a substantial amount of discretion in implementing dress codes in order to maintain a safe learning environment for students. However, this discretion is not unlimited. Courts may consider dress code policies overbroad if the restrictions imposed on students are not necessary to prevent a substantial disruption or not related to…

The Intersection of Special Education & Social Security Eligibility

Meet Emmy (pictured). She is our Special Education Advocate.  You can read more about her here: Emily Haynes  Social Security Eligibility As a parent with a child receiving Social Security benefits, you are most likely aware that to be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your child has “a physical or mental condition or a…

Sealing Your Record (Expungement)

Requirement 1 Eligible Offender means that we look at your ENTIRE criminal and traffic record to determine if you qualify to apply for sealing of an offense. To be an eligible offender, you must have only the following: – 1 misdemeanor; or – 1 felony; or – 1 misdemeanor and 1 felony; or – 2…