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An Introduction to Special Education Law: Back to School Series – Eligibility and Evaluation

Eligibility and evaluations for special education services are governed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004, Section 1414 (the full text of 20 U.S.C. Section 1414 related to eligibility and evaluations is below the fold). Under IDEA a parent … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Providing for Children With Disabilities

One of the major concerns for parents or grandparents of children with disabilities is how to provide for their financial future. Here are some legal tips: Buy enough life insurance. A parent is irreplaceable, but someone will have to fill … Continue reading

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Fabisch Law, L.L.C. is proud to announce that it is a corporate supporter for the 8th Annual Family Voices/Rhode Island Parent Information Network Family/Professionals Partnerships Conference

Fabisch Law, L.L.C. is proud to announce that it is a corporate supporter for the 8th Annual Family Voices/Rhode Island Parent Information Network Family/Professionals Partnerships Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is Accessing Services and Supports for Children, Youth … Continue reading

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Wrights Law Special Education Law “Boot Camp” Seminar

I’m glad to be attending this year’s Wrights Law Special Education Law “Boot Camp” Seminar this weekend in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Stop by and say hi.

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Mediation in Special Education Matters

The Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals (“BSEA”) has a mediation program that it runs concurrently with its formal hearing process. Mediation is a form of ADR or alternative dispute resolution. A pamphlet issued by BSEA does a great job … Continue reading

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Glossary of Special Needs Acronyms

Sometimes the Special Education community would seem to use more acronyms than the military. While engaged parents pick up on the terms that are relevant to protecting their child’s interests quickly, here is a list of common special education acronyms … Continue reading

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How is a learning disability defined under the IDEA

The 2004 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), [Sec.602(30)] defines Specific Learning Disabilities as: (A); “IN GENERAL – specific learning disability means a disorder in 1 or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or … Continue reading

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Happy Back to School Week in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

Please accept my wishes for a happy and successful school year to everyone with a child returning to school this week.

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Useful Glossary of Special Education Terms and Phrases

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health and Human Services has published a useful introductory glossary of terms and phrases helpful to know for those faced with advocating for their child’s right to a free appropriate public education.

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What is Massachusetts Chapter 766?

Passed in 1972, the first non-categorical law guaranteeing all children the right to a free appropriate public education was codified at M.G.L  c. 766. Chapter 766, as it became known, later served as the model for the first federal special … Continue reading

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