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Returning to the Classroom under COVID: A Planning Checklist

When children walk into their classrooms this fall, many things will look different. Since familiarity helps children feel secure, the changes necessary to safeguard everyone from COVID-19 may upset or confuse your child, at least at first. To help parents prepare children for new school procedures, the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC), offers some ideas: Talk with your child: Describe how the school will look different (e.g., desks far apart from each other, teachers maintaining physical distance, the possibility of staying in the classroom for lunch). Ask about how the school is going and about interactions with classmates and teachers. Find out...

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Bullying Basics – Special Needs Children

Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler works with all families whose children are involved in bullying matters as either victims or alleged violators of school anti-bullying policies. Bullying can be a devastating experience for any child and could result in long term consequences. Fortunately, due to the vulnerability of special needs children, they receive extra protection under the law. Parents of all children involved in bullying matters can invoke a variety of laws and parents of special needs children are afforded protection under laws that have been written specifically to protect children with disabilities who are bullied. Here’s Your First Step to Start...

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Why We Advocate

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUuWoied2zU[/embed] Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler is recognized as one of the leading special education law firms in NJ, having helped thousands of children with special needs receive access to the educational opportunities they might otherwise not have had. Our efforts on behalf of our clients have helped to set legal precedent in the New Jersey and Federal Courts. We are here to help. Call us today! 609.409.3500...

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Stand Up to Bullying

Bullying can be a devastating experience for any child, but when the child being bullied has special needs, serious and long-term consequences for the child may result. Fortunately, special needs children receive extra protection under the law. Parents can invoke laws that have been written specifically to protect children with disabilities who are bullied. First, what qualifies as bullying?  Bullying includes physical threats, but it may also encompass verbal abuse (teasing and threats), graphic or written statements, and behavior that creates a hostile environment or infringes on a student’s rights at school. In general, bullying involves an imbalance–or a perceived imbalance–of power....

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Dealing with Special Needs Planning

It’s never too soon to plan for the future, especially when you have a child with special needs. There are several important aspects involved in special needs estate planning and speaking with a professional is always the best bet. What you don’t know can hurt you and your child in the long-run. However, it’s a good idea to go into the meeting for a estate planning attorney armed with some knowledge about the decisions you will have to make as you set up a an estate plan. There are plenty of government guidelines that can be confusing and overwhelming. You have...

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October is Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Awareness Month

Like people, learning disabilities come in all shapes and sizes. During the month of October each year, the Learning Disabilities Association of America shines a much-needed spotlight on the variety of learning disabilities facing countless adults and children throughout the United States. Often, people hear the term “learning disability” and dyslexia and ADD/ADHD come to mind. Dyslexia Is one learning disability that affects how a person learns to read and impacts their ability to process language. ADD is a condition that causes a person too have trouble focusing, controlling their behavior and paying attention. ADHD adds an additional symptom: hyperactivity. Other Learning Disorders include: Auditory...

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Students with Behavioral Disabilities Have Rights, Too

If your child has a behavioral issue, you know it. You’ve likely known it for a very long time. When it’s time for school, others are going to learn about it, as well.. And, as anxious as this may make you as a parent, you have to face it head on. Step 1, know that, under special education guidelines, your child has rights. They cannot simply be sent away or punished in the traditional sense. According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), there are many conditions that cause negative behavioral issues that could become disruptive in a school setting. Under IDEA,...

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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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