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Top Ten Most Viewed Special Education Advisor Blogs for 2012

December 25, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

The following is a list of the most viewed special education advisor blogs from 2012. This doesn’t include any of our guest articles which has been published separately. 2012 was Special Education Advisor’s second full year of operation and we continue to grow more quickly that we could ever imagine. We currently have over 36,000 visitors a month and over 75,000 page views per month. We continue to grow every month and it’s all because of our members and visitors. Thank you for your continued support and without further adieu here is the list: Read the rest of this entry →

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There is a Precedent for Cameras in the Classroom

September 10, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

I recently ran across a Special Education Hearing Officer decision from a couple of years ago in Pennsylvania that I found fascinating.  The question at hand was, “Is the student’s educational program reasonable calculated to provide FAPE in the least restrictive environment (“LRE”)?”  The student has a rare, genetic disease that manifests itself into a condition called hyperimmunoglobulinema-D (HIDS).  Because of this, there are periods of time every month where he couldn’t be in the classroom to learn and he was missing a lot of instruction.  During these periods of time when he couldn’t be in the classroom to learn the school set up a webcam room on campus. Read the rest of this entry →

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Bully: A Movie Review

May 27, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

I was fortunate recently to have seen the movie “Bully”. My first reaction was to be excited at the opportunity but that sounds funny, doesn’t it? How do you get excited to see such a tough movie. But I am glad I did. The screening was set up especially for educators and psychologists and the discussion that followed was even better than the movie. I think this topic may finally get the attention it deserves.

The movie follows five families through their journey’s dealing with the bullying of their children. Two of the families lost their children to suicide. Tyler was only 11 years old when he took his life. One of the main children followed had clear cognitive impairments, one girl came out of the closet as a lesbian in a small Oklahoma town, and one was just a little small for his age. Each of the children were unique in a way, each the target of pervasive ignorance and cruelty.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Addressing Bullying in an IEP

May 7, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

As a Parent the first reaction you have when someone is bullying your child is to emulate your best Al Capone impression from the Untouchabales.

I want you to get this guy where he breathes! I want you to find this Eliot Ness, I want him dead! I want his family dead! I want his house burned to the ground! (I have edited this quote for language and shortened it but you get the idea)

While this might be your first reaction, this also happens to be the worst possible course of action. When your child is being bullied the number one issue should be your child, not the other child’s punishment. This is an extremely hard pill to swallow but is necessary for your child’s safety and well-being. Children with disabilities are very often the target of bullying but these same children will most likely have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) which can be used as an effective way to address the bullying. Before addressing the issue in an IEP the following steps should be taken in writing: Read the rest of this entry →

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Won’t You Stand Up

October 1, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

This song says it all!

All the lonely people cryin’.  It could change if we just get started.  Lift the darkness, light a fire.  For the silent and the broken hearted

Won’t you stand up.  Stand Up, Stand Up.  Won’t you stand up you girls and boys?

Won’t you stand up.  Stand Up, Stand Up.  Won’t you stand up and use your voice?

There’s a comfort.  There’s healing.  High above the pain and sorrow.  Change is coming, Can you feel it?  Calling us in to a new tomorrow.  Won’t you stand up.  Stand Up, Stand Up.  Won’t you stand up you girls and boys?

Won’t you stand up.  Stand Up, Stand Up.  Won’t you stand up and use your voice?

When the walls fall all around you.  When your hope has turned to dust.  Let the sound of love surround you.  Beat like a heart in each of us.

Won’t you stand up.  Stand Up, Stand Up.  Won’t you stand up you girls and boys?

Won’t you stand up.  Stand Up, Stand Up.  Won’t you stand up and use your voice?

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When a Poorly written IEP causes injury

May 31, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

When a child is denied a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), the repercussions can be much greater than you might expect.  While the obvious results of a poorly written Individualized Education Program (IEP) are a lack of education, there can be a more serious consequence in the form of injury to the student.  When injury occurs there are two separate areas of law that need to be examined, 1) Special Education Law, and 2) Personal Injury Law.  It is important to bring this up because each area of law has different rules and regulations including statutes of limitation.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Bullying can cause a denial of FAPE

May 10, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

In a landmark United States District Court decision, Judge Jack Weinstein has ruled that bullying can cause a child with a disability to be denied a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).  The case, T.K. versus New York City Department of Education, established a legal test that can be applied to future cases in the Eastern District of New York.  The lengthy 51 page decision not only established a baseline test on whether bullying can deprive a child of FAPE but it also analyzed the current standards discussed in the 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 9th Court of Appeals.  The methodology used by these four Courts is not uniformed leading the way for a potential Supreme Court case regarding IDEA and bullying in the future. Read the rest of this entry →

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Bullying is Never Okay: How to use a Gebser Letter

November 15, 2010 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

Most schools have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bullying, but ultimately that is not enough if the administration turns a blind eye to the situation.  It’s not enough to retroactively discipline bullies after the fact, the school administration needs to get involved early and often.  This is especially true if the bullying is due to your child’s disability.  One of the largest groups of children who are bullied in public schools, are children with disabilities.  Read the rest of this entry →

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