In December 2016, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the US Department of Education released a significant policy statement on the subject of restraint and seclusion at school. The OCR is the division of the Department of Education that… Continue reading
Inclusion in the Jewish community of Children and Adolescents who have Mental Illness and their Families
The topic of the inclusion in the Jewish community of children and adolescent who have mental illness is timely for several reasons. First, we read in this week’s Torah portion many laws about how to have a civil society. We… Continue reading
The exclusion of a student from a Jewish day school because he has special needs can cause not only the student but also his entire family to feel marginalized by the Jewish community. In response to this rejection, some students… Continue reading
U.S. Department of Education Publishes New Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities
Legal experts predict that the US Supreme Court will take a major step towards advancing the legal rights of children who have special needs when the justices decide the case of Endrew F. v Douglas. The Court heard oral arguments… Continue reading
Restraint and Seclusion in Schools, US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, December 2016
If your child is experiencing restraints or seclusion at school, then you will want to learn more about several recent statements from the US Department of Education Civil Rights Division. In December 2016, the Office of Civil Rights provided several… Continue reading
Special education advocacy should be regulated by states in order to protect the public from harm. The purpose of regulation is to protect consumers from wasting money or receiving poor service from unqualified service providers.
Termed ‘parent consulting’, special education… Continue reading
I have observed a wide variation in the ways in which parents respond when their child has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and possibly also anxiety and ADHD. Some parents have a negative response and may even experience the classic five… Continue reading
A parent approached me at a parenting class and asked the following questions: how do I tell how my child is doing at school, and how do I know what she needs in order to succeed? I asked the parent… Continue reading
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