On February 2, 2015, President Obama released his budget proposal for the government’s 2016 fiscal year which begins in October.  As part of that $4 trillion budget, the President has proposed funding increases for programs aimed at children with special needs. The President proposed total funding of $175 million for special education services for school-age children with disabilities, and $115 million for programs for young children served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The President’s proposal has met with both approval and criticism. Some praise the budget as support of public education. Others argue that the funding increases for educating children with special needs are not enough.

Saturday, 14 February 2015 19:56

Why You Need an Incapacity Plan that Works When It's Needed

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Estate planning is not only about having a plan in place to deal with what happens after you or your loved one’s death; it’s also about having a plan in place to deal with what happens if you become mentally incapacitated.

Mental incapacity can be caused by an accident, injury, or an illness that results in you or your loved one not being able to make informed decisions about your finances and well-being.

Thursday, 05 February 2015 15:24

Opting out of PARCC Assessments: An Unsettled Issue

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Many parents are confused as to whether they can opt out of the upcoming PARCC assessments, and if so, how. Parents are also asking what the consequences will be for children who do opt out, or who stay home on testing days. Their confusion is completely understandable. The answers are not clear.

Friday, 09 January 2015 15:33

Use of 504 Plans and IEPs in Cases of Concussion

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Getting a concussion can be a traumatic experience for both a child and his parents. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that most commonly results from a fall or a blow to the head. Signs of a concussion include: dizziness, headaches, difficulty concentrating and sensitivity to light. While many concussions resolve in a number of weeks, in some cases, the effects of a concussion can last six months to a year. When concussion symptoms persist, parents may seek a 504 Plan or IEP from the child’s school to address what the child needs in order to continue to learn as he heals.

Monday, 15 December 2014 14:38

Understanding the IDEIA:

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Is Your Child’s Disability Adversely Affecting Educational Performance?

It can be confusing for parents to understand how their child’s disability may qualify them for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA), the country’s federal special education law that ensures public schools serve the educational needs of students with disabilities. Under the IDEIA, each state must ensure that a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to any child with a disability who needs special education and related services.

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