SB 1016 Recognizes FASD as Eligible for Special Education Services

Accommodations, Learning Disability, Special Education Law

On September 27, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into effect Senate Bill 1016, which will require the state to include “fetal alcohol spectrum disorder” (FASD) in the definition of “other health impairment” when determining eligibility for special education and related services. Existing CA Board of Education regulations state that “a child who is assessed … Read More

Recognizing a Lack of 1:1 Services During Special Education Teacher Shortages

Children with Special Needs, Individualized Education Plan, Special Education Law

Special education aides are essential to the academic learning path of students with disabilities who require one-on-one assistance during their school day. Trained to administer the goals and objectives of a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP), these aides offer an invaluable service to the school community. Across the nation, shortages of professionals in education are … Read More

Department of Education Provides Resources to Reduce Discriminatory Discipline in Schools

Accommodations, Children with Special Needs, Special Education Law

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights published a list of new resources to help districts and schools support students with disabilities and avoid discriminatory use of discipline. In the school setting, manifesting disabilities are often overlooked as an underlying cause for behavior problems, leading to discrimination in the absence of student advocacy. … Read More

What to be Aware of Before Joining Social Media Support Groups

Children with Special Needs, Parent Support Groups, Special Education Law

Social media platforms have evolved into information-sharing highways that can offer seemingly open access to free information. For many parents navigating difficult education rights situations, the information and empathy gained online can provide relief. Social media provides a sense of community to parents, however, there are many precautions to take into consideration when joining online … Read More

Transition Planning for Students with IEPs

Developmental Disabilities, Dyslexia, Individualized Education Plan, Learning Disability, Special Education Law

Students can face difficulty deciding their next steps in life as they transition out of high school. However, for students with disabilities, that adjustment begins as early as elementary school and requires an in-depth analysis of personal interests, capabilities, and parental support to set each student up for success. As disabilities are manifested differently for … Read More

What is Alternative Placement?

Alternative Placement, Individualized Education Plan, Special Education Law

Alternative Placement is a disciplinary measure used in most public and charter schools to provide an alternative learning environment to a student who is struggling in a traditional school setting due to behavioral extremes. Through an in-depth process including observations, assessments, and district-level input, a student can be removed temporarily from their school and assigned … Read More

Jennifer Chang Speaking to StarVista’s Special Needs Caretaker Support Group January 2022

Events, Special Education Law

Jennifer Chang, California special education rights attorney, will be speaking about school district assessments and parents’ right to an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) at StarVista’s Child and Parent Services special needs caretaker support group Thursday, January 20, 2022, from 6:30-8 pm PT. This virtual support group is held via Zoom and tailored for parents and … Read More