Defining a Student’s Legal Rights to Special Ed During COVID-19

This is an unbelievable time. We are embarking on uncharted territory as COVID-19 affects everything from small businesses, to taxes, elections, sporting events, and even the supply and demand of toilet paper. With mandated school closures across Ohio and much of the country, families, administrators, and lawmakers are scrambling to put procedures together and are […]

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Special Education in the Midst of COVID-19

We find ourselves in unprecedented times, with schools closed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It can be overwhelming and uncertain, but as your trusted advocate, I am here to help guide you through the process and provide the best information I can. Here is what I can tell you right now. This […]

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Check Your Voting Location – It May Have Changed!

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has issued a directive to all county Board of Elections to move voting locations where seniors reside due to COVID-19 concerns.  There are 36 Cuyahoga County voting locations changing as listed on the Board of Elections site.  If the change affects you, you should receive a postcard from the […]

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Can I Be Paid for Caring for My Elderly Parent?

Taking care of an elderly parent – even providing necessary supervision – can be the only thing keeping Mom or Dad out of assisted living or a nursing home.  But providing that care can be a full-time endeavor for the caretaker, often requiring significant, life-changing decisions about their own income and living arrangements.  The Medicaid […]

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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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