Author Archive: SpecialEducation-Lawyer

Medway SEPAC to Host “What the Dracut Decision Taught Us About the Importance of Social Skills and Language Pragmatics in an IEP”

The Medway SEPAC will be hosting what should be a very interesting and informative presentation entitled “What the Dracut decision taught us about the Importance of Social Skills and Language Pragmatics in an IEP.”  It will take place on January 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Medway High School, 88 Summer Street Medway, Ma 02053.  The presentation will be free and open to the public.  If you plan to attend, you should RSVP to medwayspedpac@gmail.com.  Discussions will be led by Elsa Abele MS CCC/SLP & clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University & Professor at the Center For Autism Disorders at Antioch University.  The presentation will also feature two lawyers from the Disability Law Center of Massachusetts who worked on this case, Janine A. Solomon and Pamela J. Coveney.  The Dracut case is a very important BSEA decision in Massachusetts, particularly for those students on the Autism Spectrum.  If you would like to read a good summary of this case, you can access it here.  The complete BSEA decision can be found here.

The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Please visit http://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.

Triton plans special education workshops

Triton’s office of special education, along with the Massachusetts Association of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils, will present a Basic Rights Workshop at Triton Regional High School on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The presentation will be given jointly by David Magee, Triton’s administrator of special education, and Leslie M. Leslie of MassPAC. Magee also will invite parents of students receiving special education services to participate in establishing a vision for Triton’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council.

The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Please visit http://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.

AANE Support Group Regarding Connecticut Tragedy

The Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE) has announced the formation of support groups for those with Asperger’s and/or their families who would like support regarding the tragedy in Connecticut.  AANE, in conjunction with Aspire (formerly YouthCare) will facilitate six groups run by staff from Aspire, AANE, as well as with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) expert clinicians. These groups will provide a private setting to discuss the tragedy, the link the media has made between the shooter and AS, and the impact on those with AS and their families. One of the support groups will be for parents of children with Asperger’s, and will discuss how and whether to talk to children with Asperger’s about this event. You are invited to attend the appropriate group.Here is a listing of the Groups and when they will meet

Wednesday 10:30 – 12:00, at AANE, 51 Water Street, Watertown, MA
1. Parents of children and young teens (under 16)
2. Parents, adult sibling, grandparents and other family members of older teens (16+) and adults
3. Adults with AS. Spouses and partners welcome.

Thursday night 7:30 – 9:00 at AANE, 51 Water Street, Watertown, MA
1. Parents of children and young teens (under 16)
2. Parents, adult sibling, grandparents and other family members of older teens (16+) and adults
3. Adults with AS. Spouses and partners welcome.

Please RSVP to AANE by email. (info@aane.org). Let them know which day and which group you will be attending.

The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Please visit http://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.

Somerville Special Education Group Seeks Parents for Fellowship Position

The Somerville Special Education Advocacy Project is inviting Somerville parents to apply for an innovative Advocate Training Fellowship program this spring to strengthen the capacity and expertise of parents of children with disabilities in the city as SSEAP enters its next phase.

The Fellow will receive intensive training by an experienced attorney and will participate in a range of activities, including working on the MAC (Massachusetts Advocates for Children) Helpline (doing intakes and providing advice to callers), attending Team meetings with a MAC attorney, writing, and handling cases with close supervision. Applicants must be available to work on a half-time basis for six months starting in May 2013. They must also take and complete the Parent Advocate Training offered by the Federation for Children with Special Needs on eight dates in April and early May. A scholarship will be provided to enroll in this training. Applicants must be Somerville residents.

Parents interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact Johanne Pino, MAC Project Coordinator at 617-357-8431 x 234 or jpino@massadvocates.org. They can download a copy of the application from http://www.massadvocate.org and send it to Johanne Pino, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, 25 Kingston 2nd floor, Boston MA 02111 by December 20, 2012 or by email jpino@massadvocates.org

Read more: Somerville special education group seeks parents for fellowship position – Somerville, Massachusetts 02144 – Somerville Journal http://www.wickedlocal.com/somerville/news/x1156352427/Somerville-special-education-group-seeks-parents-for-fellowship-position#ixzz2EOLBpbR0

The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Please visit http://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.

Basic Rights Workshop in Waltham

The Waltham, Lexington and Minuteman Parent Advisory Councils will host a special education Basic Rights Workshop on November 13, 2012.  The Basic Rights workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under:

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Massachusetts Special Education Law and
  • No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Location: 510 Moody Street, Waltham MA
Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Contact: Amy DiMatteo, Waltham SEPAC amy.dimatteo@verizon.net

Questions regarding this workshop should be directed to the contact individual listed above.
A presenter from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will conduct this workshop. Federation workshops are free and open to the public. You are welcome to attend any workshop in or outside of your immediate community.

The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Please visit http://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.

Massachusetts Special Education Director to Speak in Kingston

Don’t miss a great opportunity to listen to and meet Marcia Mittnacht, the Director of Special Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Ms. Mittnacht will be speaking in Kingston at the next meeting of the Kingston Special Education Working Group on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Kingston Council on Aging, 30 Evergreen St. in Kingston.  Ms. Mittnacht will be speaking about special education programs in Massachusetts.  For additional information, call 508-732-0033.

The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Please visit http://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.

Cambridge Sped PAC to Present Several Programs

The Cambridge, Massachusetts Special Education Parent Advisory Council (C-PAC) will have several interesting programs coming up in the near future.  Check out the C-PAC website for more details:

November 7, 2012: Basic Rights in Special Education

  • Learn about the legally defined role of parents in the Special Education process.  This presenter is bilingual and can answer questions in English and Spanish.

December 5, 2012: Section 504 Plans

  • 504 Plans protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination and outline accommodations students need to participate fully at school. Learn how this process works in Cambridge.

January 9, 2012: Sarah Ward – Executive Functioning
Cambridge Citywide Senior Center – 806 Massachusetts Avenue (Central Square)

  • Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP will present a workshop on executive function skills, which include time management, attention, organization, memory and problem solving.

January 23, 2013: IEP Goals & Progress Monitoring

  • Trudy Wilcox will assist parents in understanding data to set goals and monitor your child’s progress at school.

February 6, 2013: Special Education Mediation

  • Mediator Myrto Flessas will explain the process how parents and school districts may access mediation to resolve disagreements.

March 6, 2013: Behavioral Disabilities Panel Discussion

  • Learn about a variety of strategies for helping students develop skills for positive behavior.

March 20, 2013: Summer Programs & Services

  • Learn who qualifies for extended year programs and how to access summer services;  and hear from a variety of private summer programs that welcome or specifically serve students with disabilities.

April 3, 2013: Who Cares About Kelsey?

May 1, 2013: The Impact of Trauma on Learning

  • Learn about ways parents and schools can effectively support students whose learning is affected by past trauma.
The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Please visit http://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.

Marlborough Public Schools and Child Find Responsibilities

Wicked Local Marlborough has posted the following online:

If you know of any school-age child, ages 3 to 21, who is a resident of Marlborough, who is attending a public or private school or who is homeless or has left school, and who could benefit from an evaluation under special education, 504 or educational services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, contact the Marlborough Public Schools Office of Special Education for information regarding eligibility guidelines and services.

It is the responsibility of the Marlborough Public Schools to identify any child who is a resident of Marlborough who may have a disability, regardless of the severity of the disability.  It is also the responsibility of the Marlborough Public Schools to evaluate those students to determine if they are eligible for special education or related services under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) or 306 CMR 28 (Massachusetts Special Education Regulations).

Write inquiries to Special Education Director Tina M. Betley or Assistant Special Education Director Karen Sturges at Marlborough Public Schools, Office of Special Education, 25 Union St., Marlborough, MA 01752 or call 508-460-3502 and press 2.

To the extent practical and as required by law, the Marlborough Public School district will work with students and their families to provide stable in-school attendance and other services, according to the department.

The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Please visit http://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.

Special Education Child Search in Rockland, Massachusetts

Wicked Local Rockland has published the following news article online:

Rockland parents or people in a care giving or professional position of a Rockland child ages 3 through 21 that suspect the child has a disability and may require special education should call the Office of Pupil Personnel Services at 781-878-1380 for assistance.

Rockland Public Schools offers special education programs at the preschool level and for children enrolled in kindergarten through high school.

The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Please visit http://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.

Special Education “Basic Rights Workshop” in Wilmington

Wicked Local Wilmington has posted the following online:

Wilmington Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites parents, guardians and other interested parties to attend a workshop entitled “Basic Rights Workshop” on Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Wilmington High School Library, 159 Church St., in Wilmington.

Presented by a representative from the Federation for Children Special Needs, this workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Massachusetts Special Education Law and No Child Left Behind (NCLB). It is designed to help parents learn how to be effective partners with the school, to decide the child’s eligibility for special education, to plan, make decisions and to monitor the educational progress of their child.

If you plan to attend this workshop, it would be helpful, but not necessary, if you send an email to fjobrien@gmail.com, so we will have a sufficient number of handouts available.

For more information about Wilmington SEPAC, go to www.wilmington.k12.ma.us/SEPAC.htm.

Read more: Wilmington basic rights workshop set for Oct. 25 – Wilmington, MA – Wilmington Advocate http://www.wickedlocal.com/wilmington/news/x1826359608/Wilmington-basic-rights-workshop-set-for-Oct-25#ixzz2AJkYmDCh

The Law Office of James M. Baron represents students and parents in special education and other school-related legal matters throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Please visit http://www.lawbaron.com, or call 781-209-1166 for more information.