Can I Leave Work to Attend an IEP Meeting?

FMLA LEAVE MAY BE AVAILABLE TO PARENTS TO ATTEND IEP MEETINGS   On August 8, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (“the DOL”) issued guidance on whether an employee may take protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to attend a meeting to discuss the Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) of the employee’s son or daughter. U.S. Dept. of Labor, WHD, FMLA 2019-2-A(August 8,…

E+R=O: A Special Education Mindset

E + R = O: A Special Education Mindset Fighting for an individualized and appropriate education Let’s imagine you are not receiving progress reports on your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). You have that parental instinct that something isn’t right. How do you stand up to district administrators, who are specifically trained in the field…

Dyslexia 101

  Does your child struggle to read? Does your preschooler have trouble with common nursery rhymes, can’t learn and remember the names of the letters in the alphabet, or have a hard time recognizing common rhyming patters like cat, rat and bat? Does your kindergartener or first grader read “puppy” instead of the written “dog”…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…