ACDL News

Special Education Tip of the Day: Preparing for Mediation

by Rose Daly-Rooney, Legal Director “A winning effort begins with preparation.” –Joe Gibbs “Winning” in mediation is when parents and the school (or other public education agency) explore ideas for resolving a dispute and agree upon terms that will meet the interests of providing a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to the student.  Here are nine tips to help you […]
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Special Education Tip of the Day: Mediation: What is it?

by Rose Daly-Rooney, Legal Director Carlos has autism and runs from the classroom when he is frustrated by his academic work or overwhelmed by the noise in the cafeteria or during assemblies.  His grandmother—who has power of attorney while his mother is deployed—does not agree with the school’s proposed plan for addressing the behavior and providing adequate safety measures in Carlos’ Individualized Education Program […]
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ACDL Announces Updated Self-Service Forms for Limited Guardianship and Voting Rights

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ACDL is pleased to announce that Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)  has completed and published updated self-service form petitions for limited guardianship that include specific information about an individual’s right to petition the court to retain their voting rights, as well as accompanying instructions on that issue. Arizona law changed in 2012 to allow people who are under limited guardianship the ability to […]
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Special Education Tip-of-the-Day: Facilitated IEP Meeting

By Jessica Jansepar Ross, Attorney The Facilitated IEP (FIEP) is an informal method for resolving disputes with your child’s IEP team and developing an IEP that is reasonably calculated to provide your child with a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). In today’s blog, we will review what an FIEP is, how and when to request it, and identify other resources for understanding the process. […]
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Special Education Tip-of-the-Day: Requesting an IEE

by Stephanie Mendivil, ACDL Legal Intern (Summer 2019) Yesterday we discussed what an independent educational evaluation (IEE) is. Today we will go over how and when to request an IEE. Here are some common scenarios in which requesting an IEE can be helpful: The school’s evaluation did not find your child should qualify for special education, but you disagree. You don’t think the disability […]
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Special Education Tip-of-the-Day: Independent Educational Evaluations

by Stephanie Mendivil, ACDL Legal Intern (Summer 2019) An independent education evaluation, or IEE, is an evaluation conducted by a qualified evaluator who is not employed by the school district. An IEE can take place at any time at private expense. Parents may request an IEE at public expense, which means that the school district or charter school where the child is enrolled pays […]
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Special Education Tip-of-the-Day: Stay Put

by Jessica Jansepar Ross, Attorney In today’s blog, ACDL provides general legal information about the IDEA’s “stay put” protection. In short, the IDEA requires that a child remain in their “current educational placement” during the pendency of a Due Process Hearing (discussed in detail later this week), unless parents agree otherwise. This provides consistency in the services that the child receives while the parent […]
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Special Education Tip-of-the-Day: Dispute Resolution      

Versión en español aquí By Jessica Jansepar Ross, Attorney There are a variety of ways that parents can address disputes about special education services under the IDEA. Some are informal—such as requesting an IEP meeting and discussing concerns with the IEP team, or requesting a Facilitated IEP meeting. Others involve the right to request more formal processes, such as investigations and due process hearings. […]
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Back to School for Your Child and Her Service Animal

By Rose Daly-Rooney, Legal Director   What’s on your child’s back-to-school list? Backpack Gel pens Binder Service animal Does your child have a disability and use a service animal that helps her at home and in the community? Have you ever wondered whether she could take her service animal to school? This post explores the rights of students with disabilities in kindergarten through 12th grade to […]
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Housing with an Assistance Animal

by Corey Lovato, Staff Attorney If you are a person with a disability and have an animal that performs tasks or provides emotional support at home, you need to know about the Fair Housing Act, or FHA, and assistance animals. For a quick primer on the meaning of assistance animals, check out ACDL’s previous post. An assistance animalcan be either a service animal or an […]
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