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Before you walk into your next IEP meeting

Written by Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler It’s anxiety-provoking for many parents: the thought of sitting down with your child’s case manager, principal, teachers, therapists--and people you may not even recognize--to talk about what your child’s school program will look like for the coming year. It's not that you haven't prepared. You have spoken with your child’s teachers throughout the year about your child's progress. You have organized your three-ring binder in chronological order with your child’s schoolwork, report cards, progress reports, standardized tests and evaluations (school or private) that relate to your child's disability. You will use these documents to make...

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A neuropsychologist’s insights about concussion care/an interview with concussion specialist Dr. Jill Brooks

A concussion can happen to any child. Neuropsychologist and concussion specialist Dr. Jill Brooks wants every parent to be prepared with facts about concussion prevention and care. She works closely with patients, their parents, and schools to help concussion patients feel better and return to being productive and active. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury but it does not necessarily happen on the sports field. Many children suffer concussions as an indirect injury, due to whiplash from a car accident or fall, or from a blow to the chest or another part of the body. Many concussions do not involve...

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President Obama’s 2016 budget plan for the educating children with special needs

Written by Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler On February 2, 2015, President Obama released his budget proposal for the government’s 2016 fiscal year which begins in October.  As part of that $4 trillion budget, the President has proposed funding increases for programs aimed at children with special needs. The President proposed total funding of $175 million for special education services for school-age children with disabilities and $115 million for programs for young children served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The President’s proposal has met with both approval and criticism. Some praise the budget as support of public education. Others argue...

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Why you need an incapacity plan that works when it’s needed

Estate planning is not only about having a plan in place to deal with what happens after you or your loved one’s death; it’s also about having a plan in place to deal with what happens if you become mentally incapacitated. Mental incapacity can be caused by an accident, injury, or illness that results in you or your loved one not being able to make informed decisions about your finances and well-being. If you don’t have the essential documents for managing finances during incapacity, a judge can appoint someone to take control of your assets and make all personal and medical decisions...

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Opting out of PARCC assessments: an unsettled issue

Many parents are confused as to whether they can opt-out of the upcoming PARCC assessments, and if so, how. Parents are also asking what the consequences will be for children who do opt out, or who stay home on testing days. Their confusion is completely understandable. The answers are not clear. PARCC stands for "Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers." It is a set of computer-based assessments in Language Arts and Mathematics that are aligned with the new Common Core Standards. The New Jersey State Board of Education identified PARCC as the state's testing program, beginning in...

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Use of 504 Plans and IEPs in cases of concussion

Getting a concussion can be a traumatic experience for both a child and his parents. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that most commonly results from a fall or a blow to the head. Signs of a concussion include: dizziness, headaches, difficulty concentrating, and sensitivity to light. While many concussions resolve in a number of weeks, in some cases, the effects of a concussion can last six months to a year. When concussion symptoms persist, parents may seek a 504 Plan or IEP from the child’s school to address what the child needs in order to continue to...

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Understanding the IDEIA:

Is Your Child’s Disability Adversely Affecting Educational Performance? It can be confusing for parents to understand how their child’s disability may qualify them for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA), the country’s federal special education law that ensures public schools serve the educational needs of students with disabilities. Under the IDEIA, each state must ensure that a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to any child with a disability who needs special education and related services. Parents need to know that even if their child is passing his or her tests in school, and advancing...

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When (and How) to create a Special Needs Trust

A Special Needs Trust is one that is designed to supplement the government benefits that your disabled child receives. Because of this, they are sometimes referred to as Supplemental Needs Trusts. Once parents have decided to create a Supplemental Needs Trust for their son or daughter, they may wonder when to move forward. Since the trust will help serve as a source of financial support for your special-needs child as they age, the answer is simple: the sooner the better. Life can be unpredictable, and since the trust is designed to help finance necessities that aren’t covered by governmental benefits, it’s best...

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The benefits of a Supplemental Needs Trust for special needs children

As a child grows up, a parent’s biggest financial concern might be saving for college. But it might be wise to look ahead even further to help ensure your son or daughter is financially prepared for their future. Fortunately, that’s where a Supplemental Needs Trust (SNT) comes in. These special trust funds were instituted to help parents of special needs children have a secure place to save money for their child’s future, while ensuring that they remain eligible for their governmental benefits. The funds are designed to supplement your child’s future benefits - not replace them — and ultimately enable a...

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Decoding 504 plans: What they mean for you and your child

Written by Jayne M. Wesler Esq. As a parent, the last thing you want is for your child’s disability to affect his or her ability to succeed in the classroom. Along with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ensures that schools receiving or benefiting from federal funding support the educational needs of a student who may have a disability that affects one or more major life activities, including, but not limited to: learning, speaking and listening, concentration, reading and writing, personal care. A 504 plan allows educators to modify a student's academic program,...

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