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Parents, educators, and policymakers are invited to read our blog, download our publications, and listen to our podcasts regarding special education and how it affects families, taxpayers, and society at large as well as how everyone can work together to deliver sound educational services to children with disabilities in a way that benefits society as a whole.

Click here to listen to the podcast version of this post. All too often in special education, those of us who have been working at it professionally for more than a few years have increased our vocabularies to include terms of art, acronyms, and legally significant phrases that mean a whole lot to us, but […]

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Click here to listen to the podcast version of this post. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders ("ASDs"), including Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified ("PDD-NOS"), are often ch
Click here to listen to the podcast version of this post. I attended an IEP meeting recently that really brought home for me the complex nuances of determining what placement, or blend of placement options, represents the Least Restrictive Environment (&#
Click here to listen to the podcast version of this article. With all the public dialogue and experience-sharing regarding the prevalence of bullying in our schools, you would think the federal government's push for school-wide positive behavioral interventions would be getting more attention. But, it's not. One reason, I suspect, ...
Click here to download the podcast version of this article. The whole country has been watching the shameful activities that have been going on in Atlanta, GA, for weeks now and my point in today’s posting isn’t to repeat what’s already been said ad nauseam about the Atlanta achievement score ...
Click here to download the podcast version of this article. There is a realm of conflict surrounding the use of 1:1 aides in special education and many local education agencies (“LEAs”) have developed their own assessment protocols to determine when a child really needs an aide to try and rein ...
Click here to download the podcast version of this article. Teacher lay-offs are a politically charged topic. Some people try to render the issue down to pat answers and simplified explanations of its impact, but like most public policy issues its impact really can’t be described in simple terms. When ...
Click here to download the podcast version of this article. There is much confusion in many school districts about the assessment of visual processing disorders and appropriate remedies for needs that arise from visual processing disorders in special education students. Many school districts do not provide expert assessment in visual ...
The law firm of Dannis, Woliver, and Kelley has published an update on the three key pieces of litigation regarding AB3632 currently underway in California. Among them is a suit brought by the County of Sacramento and a bunch of other California counties against the State of California seeking a ...
Click here to download the podcast version of this article. In a crisis, you will feel frightened, confused, guilty, angry, and helpless. Your common sense and good judgment vanish. What should you do? During a crisis, your first response is likely to be a big mistake! These brilliant words were ...
Click here to download the podcast version of this article. Today’s post title poses a question, but I have to admit it’s rhetorical. Special education is a cause, not a career path. That isn’t to say that careers don’t evolve during the pursuit of the cause, but career-building actions are ...
Click here to download the podcast version of this article. As a member of KPS4Parents’ Board of Directors, I am constantly reminded of why this organization exists. Our CEO, Anne Zachry, reports on our organization’s caseload to the rest of the Board and time and time again I am left ...
Click here to listen to the podcast version of this article. KPS4Parents assists parents pursue a Free and Appropriate Public Education (“FAPE”) for children who need IEPs or 504 Plans. We help in both venues. Most of the families we serve are involved in the special education process, which calls ...
Click here to listen to the podcast version of this article. . On March 8, 2010, I wrote an article about a con man representing himself as Michael E. Robinson, Sr. Mr. Robinson represented himself to be, at times, a special education lay advocate, while at other times, claimed he ...
Special Ed Burn-Out Nov. 20, 2010
Click here to listen to the podcast version of this article. This posting/podcast is targeted at people working within the field of special education, whether as a public education employee, a lay advocate, or an attorney representing anyone involved in special education. Burn-out happens in every profession, so to the ...
Click here to download the podcast version of this article. In our label-driven society, we tend to get caught up in what things are called and why they have happened rather than what needs to be done to solve problems. Granted, in many instances, the source of a problem is ...
Can’t vs. Won’t Oct. 8, 2010
Click here to download the podcast version of this article. One of the students for whom we’re providing lay advocacy services had an tumultuous experience at school just over a week ago. More to the point, everyone in her class, including her teacher, had a tumultuous experience with our client ...
I’ve mentioned in past postings about privately operated tutoring businesses that cater to families that believe at least one of their children needs academic reinforcement for whatever reasons. Many times, it’s to help their kids boost their standardized test scores for college admissions purposes. Others are contending with unaddressed learning ...
Drama, Drama, Drama! Aug. 18, 2010
Click here to listen to the podcast version of this article. There was a time in my life when I gravitated to drama. Many people do. It’s more exciting than the mundane business of doing the dishes, doing your homework, cleaning your bathroom, paying your bills, and all of the ...
On January 16, 2010, I posted an article about a federal report on the use of improper seclusions and restraints of children in our nation's schools. These practices have been used mostly on children with disabilities, resulting in injury, trauma, and death.