Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are approaching. What if you just had an IEP team meeting, and you’ve said all you had to say?  You should STILL go to the conferences!  Don’t miss this opportunity to be face-to-face with your child’s teachers.  It’s a much different environment than an IEP team meeting.  At parent-teacher conferences, it’s just that […]

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Now Serving: Special Education Alphabet Soup

There’s a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to change into beautiful bold fall colors.  It’s a great time to put on those sweaters, relax by the fire, and maybe sit down to a nice warm bowl of soup.  Today Hickman & Lowder is happy to serve you some Alphabet Soup!

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Oregon Class Action Lawsuit Defends Right to Full Day of School for Children with Disabilities

Special Ed Q&A: Transportation

Question:  What is the school’s obligation to transport my child if we take the Jon Peterson or Autism scholarships? Answer:  There’s no obligation on the part of the public school district to provide transportation just because your child has a disability.  But, you can use the scholarship funds to pay for private transportation if the […]

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Raising Expectations

As part of my job, I attend a lot of conferences and presentations. One of the presentations I attended recently featured a whole myriad of people who had their opportunity to dazzle us at the podium.  (Maybe “dazzle” is a lofty goal for a continuing education course.  The goal was probably to keep us awake […]

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Oregon Class Action Lawsuit Defends Right to Full Day of School for Children with Disabilities

Oregon Class Action Lawsuit Defends Right to Full Day of School for Children with Disabilities

Quite a few of my clients have come to me for help when their child’s school day is made shorter than their typical peers.  Sometimes, it is a matter of a bussing situation where the kids in special ed are on a bus that leaves 10 or 20 minutes before their typical peers.  Other times, […]

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The Many Hats of a Special Needs Attorney

The Many Hats of a Special Needs Attorney

Attorneys must wear many hats, especially when representing people with disabilities and their families.  Imagine a display of three hats on the conference room table: A black stovepipe hat, rimmed with a satin ribbon; the rumbled and worn, brown, slouchy, cloth Sorter Hat straight from Hogwarts in Harry Potter; and the most extravagant, eye-catching Kentucky […]

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