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Access by Students with Disabilities to Accelerated Programs by Lori M. Gaines, Esq.

There is a common misunderstanding by school districts that if students with disabilities meet school district requirements to enroll in accelerated programs they should not be entitled to receive the accommodations, modifications and specialized instruction called for in their IEPs. This misunderstanding is devastating to the students they impact. I recently had a potential client […]

The Public School District’s Legal Obligation and the Matter of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District by Paul N. Barger, Esq.

Clients and colleagues often ask us to explain exactly what a public school district’s legal obligation is to students eligible for special education and related services.  It is difficult to answer that question as states have different standards, and since federal judges, in multiple jurisdictions, have offered varied interpretations of those students. The United States […]

ADVOCACY BEGINS AT HOME by Robert M. Tudisco, Esq.

While going off to college and becoming independent is difficult for all adolescents, it can be particularly difficult for students with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. This is true for many reasons: College is far less structured than high school and the lack of structure and accountability can be a recipe for disaster to an adolescent with […]

The Diversion of ADHD Medication by Robert M. Tudisco, Esq.

DIVERSION OF ADHD MEDS: What You Need to Know Recent media reports raised an alert on the availability of stimulant medications used to treat students with ADHD and the alarming percentage of students with no diagnosis or prescription who are using ADHD medication.  Medication diversion has also been popularized in movies and television programs.  In Juno, the main […]