Fulfill the Promise to Students with Disabilities

On March 23, 2021, the national Fulfill the Promise coalition filed a Class Petition for Guidance with the Department of Education to demand clear special education federal guidance by June 21, 2021.
By Gloria Martinez, Grace Regullano, Heather Zakson, and Anthony V LeClair

Let’s be clear: Police have no place in schools.

Unfortunately COVID-19 is not the only threat to students’ well being.

Police presence in schools has a destructive and grossly disproportionate impact on students of color and students with disabilities.


Have you been told that you or your loved one needs a conservatorship?

It’s important to know that conservatorship is not the only way or to support and help an adult with disabilities! There are other options including Supported Decisionmaking. Need more information? Click here.

Resources for Home Instruction: Even A Parent Can Do It!

The  reality of  home instruction is hitting millions of homes across America. As parents and caregivers face transitioning to teachers  and as they wait for final teaching materials and instructions from their school, you can do a number of things to help your children adapt. Begin by creating routines  and scheduling daily activities in a way that keep your children occupied, engaged, and feeling secure.

Dyslexia? Your child can succeed in school!

Recently, I received an email from a client who had hired me after years trying to get their son, who has dyslexia, proper services at his school. They tried to navigate the system, through charter schools and tutoring sessions and “Student Success” meetings at school, but he kept failing.  We helped them get a proper assessment of his needs, and then, secured much better services.  Student F’s mother wrote about her experience with our office:

Custody Disputes and Children with Special Needs

Children with disabilities have a right to a Free Appropriate Public Education. School districts have an affirmative obligation to seek out and serve students with disabilities. Parents have the right to advocate on behalf of their child to obtain the type of support they feel is beneficial for their child.

Charter Schools: Know Your Rights

What is a charter school?

A charter school is “a public school that provides free elementary and/or secondary education to eligible students under a specific charter executed, pursuant to a state charter school law, by an authorized agency/authority and that is designated by such authority to be a public charter school” – Office for Civil Rights 2017-2018 Civil Rights Data

Sesame Street: 50 Years of Disability Rights Advocacy

Sesame Street, the most influential children’s program ever, is 50 years old this year.  The ground-breaking show will celebrate with a TV special to be aired on HBO and PBS this November* and the Sesame Street cast took on a year-long 10-city road trip in 2019.

IEP – what to know before you go

An IEP team must include the parents of the student, a regular education teacher, a special education teacher, a representative of the school district who is knowledgeable about the available resources, who can interpret assessment results, and in general is well-versed in the IEP process.  Knowing as much as you can about what an IEP includes and what its purpose is will make you a more powerful parent-advocate.

What is an IEE? And why is it so important?

An IEE is an Independent Educational Evaluation, performed by a qualified professional who does not work for the public school or school district.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides that parents of special education students have a right to an IEE when they disagree with the public school’s evaluation of their child.  20 U.S.C. §1415(b)(1), 34 C.F.R. 300.502.

Questions and Answers about Regional Centers

Regional Centers provide support and services for individuals with developmental disabilities throughout California.

According to the California Department of Developmental Services, regional centers are “nonprofit private corporations that contract with the Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. They have offices throughout California to provide a local resource to help find and access the many services available to individuals and their families.”

Special Education: What are they talking about?

Special Education Terminology is Confusing! Especially because one term is often used to describe several different things. This handy glossary can help you understand what some common terms mean, and how they apply to your child’s situation.