Many parents know that a child with a specific learning disability may qualify to receive special education and related services. But what is a specific learning disability, and how does a school district determine if a child has one? Some parents wonder why their child who already has a diagnosed learning disability is not receiving services from their school. Federal and state law provide guidance as to what constitutes a specific learning disability for purposes of a child receiving his or her free, appropriate education, and when such a disability requires the school to classify a child and to provide an Individualized Education Program.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 19:48

Before You Walk Into Your Next IEP Meeting

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It’s anxiety-provoking for many parents: the thought of sitting down with your child’s case manager, principal, teachers, therapists--and people you may not even recognize--to talk about what your child’s school program will look like for the coming year. It's not that you haven't prepared. You have spoken with your child’s teachers throughout the year about your child's progress. You have organized your three-ring binder in chronological order with your child’s schoolwork, report cards, progress reports, standardized tests and evaluations (school or private) that relate to your child's disability. You will use these documents to make your case for what your child needs.

A concussion can happen to any child. Neuropsychologist and concussion specialist Dr. Jill Brooks wants every parent to be prepared with facts about concussion prevention and care. She works closely with patients, their parents and schools to help concussion patients feel better and return to being productive and active.

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.

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