Mistake #3 – The Never-ending IEP Meeting

After representing thousands of parents and their special needs children over the years, we’ve narrowed down the top five IEP mistakes. These include failing to prepare for the IEP meeting and failing to focus on the most important things that will impact the child. The third mistake that we often encounter is the “never-ending IEP meeting”. By law, school officials must ensure all relevant participants attend the IEP meeting. Typically, this includes parents, your child’s special education or resource teacher, general education teacher, any person

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Clark County School District Goes to Court!

Assembly Bill 394 is a law passed in Nevada in 2015. If you have children who are in the Clark County School District, or soon will be, then you must understand and keep up with how this new law is being put in place. CCSD is now the fifth largest school district in the United States, serving more than 315,000 children over 8000 square miles. Nevada lawmakers, noting how large CCSD has become, have decided to break up CCSD into “local school precincts”. Given the

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Error #4 – Falla en no dar prioridad

Los defensores y abogados de ADAMS ESQ revisan IEPs para determinar si ofrecen una gratis, educación pública e apropiada (FAPE) y puede satisfacer las necesidades únicas de su hijo. A menudo, los padres creen que tienen año de sólo un tiro para IEP de su hijo y ellos insisten en páginas y páginas de metas y objetivos en una amplia variedad de áreas. Algunos IEPs incluyen una larga lista de adaptaciones repetitivos que suenan impresionantes, pero no están diseñados para ayudar al niño. Esto es

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Mistake #4 – Failing to Prioritize

ADAMS ESQ attorneys and advocates review IEPs to determine if they offer a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) and can meet your child’s unique needs. Often, parents believe that they have only one shot each year to beef up their child’s IEP and they insist upon pages and pages of goals and objectives in a wide variety of areas. Some IEPs include a long list of boilerplate accommodations that sound impressive but are not designed to help the child. This is a mistake. Complicated goals

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Parte cinco (5) de la serie de ADAMS ESQ, los errores cometidos en el IEP

Después de analizar miles de IEPs durante los últimos 15 años, hemos resuelto en los cinco principales errores que hemos descubierto en nuestras críticas del IEP. En esta serie compuesta de 5 partes (empezando con el número cinco y nuestra forma de trabajo hacia arriba) exploramos errores comunes y cómo evitarlos. Si usted es un cliente anterior de ADAMS ESQ o ha referido niños con necesidades especiales a nosotros, usted probablemente ya sabe cómo navegar por una reunión de IEP y el equipo. Pero hay

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5-Part Series: Top IEP Mistakes

After analyzing thousands of IEPs over the past 15 years, we’ve settled on the top five IEP mistakes.  If you’re a past client of ADAM ESQ or have referred special needs children to us, you probably already know how to navigate an IEP.  But there are many other families, teachers and special education service providers who may be able to benefit from this information.  So please feel free to forward, share, post, text, tweet or otherwise give a “shout out” to your friends warning them

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Ask ADAMS About…Dyslexia

Dyslexia: Frequently Asked Quesions 1.  What is dyslexia?  Dyslexia is a common learning disorder affecting as many as 80 percent of California students with learning disabilities in special education.  According to the International Dyslexia Association, dyslexia is a language-based specific learning disability (a neurodevelopmental disorder that hinders the ability to learn or use certain academic skills.) and generally refers to a cluster of symptoms resulting in difficulty with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as

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How to decide whether your grandchild needs special education.

Important Notice to Parents  Important notice to Parents in the Berkeley Unified School District The California Department of Education’s (CDE) Verification Review (VR) of the Berkeley Unified School District’s special education system is scheduled for April 6th-10th.  CDE staff will be in the district reviewing policies, procedures, student records, conducting interviews, and gathering further information to evaluate the district’s compliance with state and federal special education laws.  CDE has confirmed that part of its review is based on complaints, comments and concerns that parents bring

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What every Grandparent needs to know about Special Education

TOGETHER. SHAPING THE FUTURE.  You’re a Grandparent.   You need to know this. Jean Murrell Adams, Senior Managing Attorney ADAMS ESQ, a Special Education Law Firm You’ve reached grandparent status.  If you don’t have a grandchild with a disability, you probably know someone who does.  You may volunteer at your local school or simply be the “go to” person in your neighborhood, church or on-line.  You may be raising your grandchild or live miles away from him.  In any case, you will probably hear the question

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