Hickman & Lowder Weblog
Thursday, 06 October 2016 10:27
So many of my clients ask me which school district is the best for students with disabilities. That’s a really tough question to answer! I’ve had families who are very happy with a district’s services for their disabled child in the same city where I’ve had many complaints and, conversely, I have clients who are disappointed with the offerings of highly rated districts. So it truly comes down to how a particular district is equipped to meet your child’s specific needs, and what your expectations are as parents: we all value different things. That’s my lawyer response…all gray!
Thursday, 01 September 2016 10:42
According to current law (ORC 149.43), we the people have a right to access records kept by any public entity. School districts and any other state or federally run entities fall under that umbrella. The public entity is allowed to ask you to put the request in writing and they may ask you why you want the records, but you are NOT required to put the request in writing and you are NOT required to tell them why you want the records or what you’re looking for. The public entity must make the records available to you for inspection or, if you request, make copies of the records (they can charge you what it costs them to copy the records- nothing outrageous).
Monday, 15 August 2016 09:11
Each year, the US Department of Education conducts a review of the special education programs in each state, as required by IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) laws. This year, less than half of the states “passed” the review; all others were found to need assistance. In the past, the Department considered only whether districts followed procedural requirements of IDEA (filling out paperwork appropriately, providing writing notices, etc.). But over the last three years, there has been a change in the scope of the evaluation. Now they also look at a student’s progress, performance, and outcomes.
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 08:28
The US Supreme Court has decided to hear a case about a school that refused to allow a service dog to accompany a 12-year-old girl with cerebral palsy to school. Wonder, a goldendoodle, found a home with Ehlena Fry when the girl was just five years old and is trained to help Ehlena by picking things up for her when she drops them, turning on lights, opening and closing doors, and other helpful tasks. To the family’s dismay, the Michigan school district would not allow Wonder into the building at all, initially. When it did allow a “trial” basis, Wonder was forced to stay on the other side of the classroom and the district would not let Wonder stay with Ehlena for recess or lunch.
- Julie Billiart - Alternative Placement
- Special Education Law Update
- ESY Alternatives
- When is Modified Curriculum Appropriate and How Modified Should it Be?
- The Parental Right of an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)
- New Bullying Prevention Directives from OSERS
- OSEP Expands Enforcement of Special Education Rights
- Federal Education Law Protects Gifted Students with Disabilities
- Successfully Appealing Medicaid Waiver Service Reductions
- Summer Reading
- Self-Advocacy by Children with Disabilities
- Upcoming COPAA Events
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