Using an ETR When Drafting an IEP

In formulating an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for your child with a disability, a good Evaluation Team Report (ETR) is crucial. The ETR drives the IEP, which allows your child to succeed in their educational environment. The following are some tips on how to use that ETR as your guide throughout the IEP process. Category […]

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The Importance of an “Elder Law” Power of Attorney

With technology and innovation creating access to the legal world easier than ever before, it is common for me to see a power of attorney that someone downloaded from the Internet that is ineffective in dealing with matters related to aging and securing long-term care.  Prior to Ohio’s adoption of the Uniform Power of Attorney […]

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Zoned Out – A Brief History

The institutional reform movements of the 1970’s led to a significant downsizing of large facilities housing people with developmental and other disabilities.  Advocates began a concerted effort to establish community-based homes, but faced numerous obstacles, most often from local communities which used zoning and building laws as a barrier to allowing development of smaller group […]

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Resources for Students Who Have Low Vision

The Children and Young Adult Services department at The Cleveland Sight Center recognizes the difference between accommodations and modifications when teaching students who have low vision using the general education curriculum alongside their peers.  Sylvia Snyder, the Director, has generously shared some helpful resources: Accommodations and Modifications at a Glance The Michigan Vision Services Severity […]

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How Does the SECURE Act Affect My Estate Plan and My Child with Special Needs?

For most families with a loved one with disabilities, much of the assets which will be used for the loved one’s long-term needs are found in pre-tax accounts, such as IRAs. SECURE Act Means Drastic Changes to Retirement Account Inheritance Rules Congress recently passed, and the President signed into law, the “SECURE Act” (Setting Every […]

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Applied Behavior Analysis

We recently welcomed Rachel Avner Torrance of Accessing Abilities Behavioral and Educational Consulting to our Cleveland office to discuss Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a small group of parents.  She spoke to us about the importance of a proper and thorough functional behavioral assessment in developing a positive behavior plan.  Here are some of our […]

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Waiver 101

If you’re in the disability-world, you’ve probably heard rumblings about waivers or the new waiver waiting list.  But what exactly is a waiver and how could a waiver help your family?  Here’s a quick overview. Waivers are administered through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and county Boards of Developmental Disabilities. In order to […]

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