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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School children reading together in class

List of Ohio Schools Investigated for Civil Rights Violations Now Available Online

Many of our clients who are unhappy with their school district ask us to recommend a “good” school district. This is a really tough question to answer because it really comes down to the type of disability the child has (some districts are better with Autism, others with anxiety) and the people–from administration to the […]

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Abuse can happen in the classroom – when it does, parents need expert help.

I Think My Child Was Abused by School Staff – What Can I Do?

This is the first in a three-part series on how to identify and respond to potential abuse by school employees. PART 1: HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED? Abuse of a student by school staff is very rare, but when there is a suspicion, a host of questions arise, especially if your child has […]

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Hickman & Lowder hosted Exceptional Moms Day 2017

Special Education Q & A

Exceptional Mom’s Day was amazing—we learned, we shared, we laughed, we cried, we ate, and we walked around in our amazingly comfortably fuzzy pink socks while sipping hot cocoa! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have met new people and reconnect with familiar faces, all of us going on a similar journey.

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Special education report card for Ohio

2017 Ohio School Report Cards Released

Each year the Ohio Department of Education issues report cards to each public school district in Ohio. Given the changes in the standards and testing, the past few years have shown some unusually poor grades across the state. However, the state expects that this year’s report cards will show some improvement. Click here to see […]

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