ACDL News

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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Special Education Tip-of-the-Day: Access to Records (Part 2)

Versión en español aquí By Jessica Jansepar Ross, Attorney If you have been following along with this blog, you know how important it is to review the Prior Written Notices (PWN) that you receive at the end of your child’s IEP meeting, and under what conditions you are entitled to review your child’s educational records (if you’d like to catch up, click here.) Now, we […]
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Flying with Your Service or Emotional Support Animal

By Sey In – Staff Attorney   It’s hot outside and what better way to escape the heat than to travel?  Here are some important tips you should know before flying with your service animal. The Air Carriers Access Act (Act) is a federal law that explains your rights with service animals (including emotional support animals).  Please see Monday’s post for more information about […]
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Special Education Tip-of-the-Day: Access to Records (Part 1)

Versión en español aquí by Jessica Jansepar Ross, Attorney The IDEA and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) are two important federal laws that apply to educational records for students with disabilities. These laws contain provisions about what is considered a “record,” who can have access to a child’s records, how records are maintained, and what parents can do if they disagree with […]
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Special Education Tip-of-the-Day: Prior Written Notice

Versión en español aquí by Amanda Glass, Equal Justice Works Fellow Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), prior written notice, or PWN, must be provided to students with disabilities and their parents before a school makes a change or refuses to make a change to a child’s special education. Specifically, the IDEA states that a school must provide parents with PWN when it proposes […]
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Your Access to Public Places When Accompanied by a Service Animal

by Asim Dietrich, Staff Attorney   Under the Americans with Disabilities Act’s rules for public accommodations and public entities, you and your service animal can go virtually anywhere the public goes—with a few exceptions. Public accommodations are most places open to the public and operated by private businesses. Public accommodations include private businesses such as restaurants, bars, movie theaters, hotels, grocery stores, retail stores, […]
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