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Jan / 09

10 Instances When It’s Necessary to Reach Out to a Special Education Attorney [IEP 010]

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When should a parent reach out to a special education attorney as opposed to an IEP advocate? In this episode, Amanda and I, along with IEP advocate and law student, Victoria Lucero, cover the top 10 instances when a special education attorney is the appropriate person to help you and your child. Full show transcript […]

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Jan / 02

How Our Education Laws are Formed and Enforced [IEP 009]

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In order to understand why our education systems and laws are the way they are, it’s important to explore how they were formed and how they are currently enforced. In this episode, Vickie and I chat about the basics of our federal and state education laws and how the two work together to create your […]

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Dec / 19

To iPad or Not to iPad – A Look Into Technology Inside and Outside of School [IEP 008]

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There are many different types of assistive technology to help students living with disabilities in the classroom. In this episode, Amanda and I discuss the purpose of the various technologies available, the pros and cons of their use in school, and how an assistive technology specialist can help. What You’ll Learn in This Episode: How […]

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Dec / 12

A Look Into the Life of an Adult Living with Autism [IEP 007]

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For the first half of this episode, we’re joined by Vickie’s cousin, Kenneth Rubi. Ken is an adult living with Autism and he joins us to share a little bit of his experience as a child and then as an adult living with a disability. After the interview, Vickie and I chat about the importance […]

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Dec / 05

Debunking the Myths of Mainstreaming and Full Inclusion [IEP 006]

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What’s the difference between full inclusion and mainstreaming? In this episode, we discuss some of the differences between the two in hopes of offering insight for parents who want to ensure their child(ren) receive the proper curriculum suitable for their needs. Full show transcript available at the bottom of this post. What You’ll learn in […]

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Nov / 28

Is Your Child Eligible to Walk Through That Door? 13 Eligibility Categories [IEP 005]

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What are the 13 categories for determining student eligibility for special education? How are they practically (and legally) applied? In this episode, Amanda and I break down the different categories and explain, from a legal standpoint, what is necessary to be eligible under each one. Full show transcript available at the bottom of this post. […]

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Nov / 21

Should you use a Special Education Attorney or an Advocate? [IEP 004]

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When should you hire a special education attorney versus going with an advocate? While many advocates can provide useful assistance to parents, when a complaint is filed against a school district, the process becomes complicated.  It becomes necessary and important to reach out to an attorney. In this episode, we explore the situations when an […]

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Nov / 14

The Role of Mental Health in School Shootings [IEP 003]

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Mental health issues are serious concerns that face many students in our school systems, and the correlation between mental health issues and school shootings might surprise you. What are our schools doing to better equip themselves to deal with students who may show signs of mental health problems, especially if those problems eventually lead to […]

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Nov / 11

Betsy DeVos and Leaving All the Children Behind [IEP 002]

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We’re exploring the Secretary of Education position and what it entails. This position has come into the limelight more so this year so we wanted to discuss who the new Secretary of Education is (Betsy DeVos), what her credentials are, and what her plans are for public education. What You’ll Learn in this Episode: Who […]

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Nov / 11

Special Education and the Next Civil Rights Frontier for Human Rights [IEP 001]

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We’re going way back in today’s episode. We’re chatting about one of the most influential cases in American history that helped lay the foundation for our special education laws today.  We also discuss the importance of the language we use to describe children living with disabilities. What You’ll Learn in this Episode: How Brown v. […]

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