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8 Tips for Getting the Most Out of an IEP/504 Meeting

When you have a child with special needs, you know two things unequivocally: there is nothing you wouldn’t do for your child and IEP/504 Meetings can be exhausting, frustrating and stressful. However, you have the power to get what you need for your child when you meet with the Child Study Team by following these specific tips offered by Lenore Boyarin, Esq., Of Counsel to Sussan Greenwald & Wesler, special education attorneys. Don’t come to the meeting with too many questions so you fail to focus on your goals. Be mindful of time and make sure you cover the questions you...

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Disagree with a HIB Determination? Don’t Wait to Appeal!

The New Jersey Board of Education made some changes to the HIB law (Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – see below for HIB Act details) on July 1, closing some loop holes and clarifying some unanswered questions. However, one of the most important and timely changes to the law involves a parent’s ability to appeal a HIB determination. You now have 60 days from the date that you receive notice of the determination before your window of opportunity to appeal to the board of education slams shut. “Before July 1, 2018, there was no set deadline for appeals. If you received a HIB...

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Special Needs Estate Planning: Which Documents Do I Need?

(This is the third article in our multi-part estate planning series.)   If you have a child with special needs, there are countless issues you must consider as you plan for their future care and well-being. You are their primary guardian today – but what happens if you are suddenly incapacitated or otherwise unable to continue in your caregiving role? Of course, you want your child to be cared for according to your wishes. Now, we understand this is very personal information. You may feel you want to “keep it in the family” and not involve an outsider in your personal business. However, you...

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Prior Proper Estate Planning Eases Stress of the Unknown

(This article is part two of a multi-part series: Estate Plan Development for Parents of Children with Special Needs)   The basic premise of this article holds true regardless of whether you have a child with special needs or the simplest of circumstances. Planning is the key to estate planning – it’s even in the name! There are so many parts of the puzzle when it comes to making sure that your wishes are carried out in the event of a life-altering crisis. It’s especially critical when the plans you make today will considerably impact the future of your child with special needs. As...

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Organization: 1st Step to Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs

It’s never too late to plan for the future when you have a child with disabilities. While it’s easy to feel that the future is far away and there will always be enough time to plan, we all know that life offers no guarantees. In fact, when it comes to making sure your child with special needs is guaranteed care, if and when you are unable to provide care, a good strategy is to prepare an estate plan — now. Planning an Estate Plan early offers important benefits. Since prior property planning saves on costly mistakes, you can save money. Also, your...

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Is Guardianship the Right Choice for Your Family?

Every parent wants the very best for their child — whether they are one or 51. Most parents must loosen the reins a bit and allow their kids to take on more responsibility when they come of age; however, for parents of children with special needs, there are several things you can do that will allow you to legally manage the medical and financial needs of your child even after he or she turns 18. You may know your child still needs your assistance, but according to the law, once a person turns 18 they have the legal right to make...

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SGW Webinar: “Preparing Your Special Needs Child for Adulthood” – March 1

Did you know that the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) offers services that will assist your child with special needs as they mature into adulthood? Indeed. many services such as locating appropriate group housing and finding a job are available to New Jersey residents who apply for and get approved for DDD services. Sussan,Greenwald & Wesler, a New Jersey law firm dedicated to working with and supporting families with special needs children, is eager to help you navigate the DDD application process. With our assistance, the services your child is entitled to receive are just a few steps away. We...

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How to avoid the 10 biggest mistakes made at IEP meetings

When you are preparing for what may very well be one of the most important meetings of your life, it’s important to be prepared. Join Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler Attorney Lenore Boyarin, Esq. on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. From 6 to 8 p.m. at the Plainfield Library, 800 Park Ave., Plainfield NJ 07060 for a fascinating and informative discussion on how you can be the best advocate for your child when seeking services by avoiding commonly made IEP meeting mistakes. The program will address misperceptions about how special education works, how to avoid making common mistakes, and how to make more informed...

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7 Facts You Need To Know About ADHD

1. ADHD is Real Nearly every mainstream medical, psychological, and educational organization in the United States long ago concluded that Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a real, brain-based medical disorder. These organizations also concluded that children and adults with ADHD benefit from appropriate treatment. 2. ADHD is a Common, Non-Discriminatory Disorder ADHD is a non-discriminatory disorder affecting people of every age, gender, IQ, religious and socio-economic background. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the percentage of children in the United States who have ever been diagnosed with ADHD is now 9.5%. Boys are diagnosed two to three times as often as...

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What is a Sensory Processing Disorder?

Does your child crash into walls? Does she throw a tantrum when you try to brush her teeth? Does he cover his ears in a crowded amusement park or shy away from birthday parties? Does she seem insensitive to pain, or overly sensitive to sound or light? If so, your child may be one of many children who have difficulty processing the information that they take in through their senses.  When children have difficulty processing or making sense of the sensory information they take in, they may have difficulty responding appropriately in a given situation or environment.  When this difficulty is...

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