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  • Free Special Needs Resource Fair

    || 10-Nov-2017

    It can be tough for parents of children with special needs to find things to do on the weekend, especially now that weather is getting cooler and it’s harder to enjoy the outdoors. Most of you are probably familiar with the publication Indy’s Child. Next Saturday, it’s hosting Indy’s Special Child Resource Fair for families with special needs—a great opportunity to ...
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  • Indiana School Authorities Have 9-year Old Boy with Autism Arrested

    || 2-Nov-2017

    In my special education practice, I get lots of calls from parents whose children are being bullied at school. Almost every parent who calls me tells me the school doesn’t take it seriously, doesn’t punish the bullies and dismisses it as “kids will be kids.” The most school employees will tell parents is “We’re conducting an investigation” or ...
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  • Special Needs Students and School Discipline

    || 19-Oct-2017

    I get lots of calls from parents whose special needs children do things which get them in trouble at public schools, leading to suspension, expulsion, placement in an interim setting and even juvenile criminal charges. Sometimes schools will call parents (often repeatedly) asking them to come pick up their child from school early if the child is having a rough day. The law gives substantial ...
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  • Our firm, Hollingsworth & Zivitz, Attorneys at Law, is thrilled to announce a number of our team have been acknowledged and included in an incredibly prestigious award. Attorneys Andy Bartelt, Anne-Marie Briscoe, and Genevieve Keegan-Bedano have been selected to the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars™ List, while Attorney Kena S. Hollingsworth has been selected to the Super Lawyers® ...
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  • Free Seminar on Special Education Rights

    || 5-Oct-2017

    INSource is partnering with the Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn (ROD) Special Education Cooperative in southeastern Indiana to educate parents on the resources available through the public school system and the rights of parents. This is a great opportunity to learn about the services and supports available to students with disabilities and the obligation of schools to provide them a free appropriate public ...
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  • Your Child's Special Education Rights

    || 29-Sep-2017

    A Free Seminar for Parents The laws which apply to disabled students in public schools can be complex and confusing, but many parents cannot afford to consult an attorney for advice. Please join us for a free, informal discussion of the rights of students with special needs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Indiana’s Article 7. Topics include: Evaluations IEPs ...
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  • October is National Bullying Prevention Month

    || 27-Sep-2017

    by Tom Blessing Special Education Attorney with Hollingsworth & Zivitz tblessing@hzlegal.com Bullying in our schools has become a national epidemic and, unfortunately, this is probably the most common phone call I get from parents. Usually it goes something like this: “My child is being bullied to the point that he’s afraid to go to school. The school has not done anything to stop ...
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  • Autism Parent Meeting this Thursday

    || 18-Sep-2017

    by Tom Blessing Special Education Attorney with Hollingsworth & Zivitz tblessing@hzlegal.com TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) is holding its monthly Coffee Talk this Thursday evening in Nora from 7-9 p.m. Look forward to seeing you there! September 21 | 2017 Equal Participation: Please contact TACA if you will require an accommodation to participate. Join us on our TACA Indiana Facebook page! ...
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  • Answers for Autism Family Fun Festival this Saturday

    || 15-Sep-2017

    by Tom Blessing Special Education Attorney with Hollingsworth & Zivitz tblessing@hzlegal.com Many of the children I represent in my special education law practice have autism, so I’m a big supporter of the non-profits who do such important work to help families who cope with autism every day. Tomorrow, Answers for Autism is having its family festival (formerly walk) in Carmel—less ...
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  • Celebrity Break Ups Highlight Potential Financial Disasters in Divorce

    || 6-Sep-2017

    Chris Pratt and Anna Faris’ recent announcement to separate after 8 years of marriage raises the potential financial disaster they, and similar high-income earning couples could face when separating without a pre-nuptial agreement. While it’s unclear whether the couple had a prenuptial agreement, Pratt is one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors and Faris reportedly makes $125,000 ...
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  • LittleStar Annual Fundraising Breakfast

    || 6-Sep-2017

    by Tom Blessing Special Education Attorney with Hollingsworth & Zivitz Office: 317/569-2200 Cell: 317/417-0809 tblessing@hzlegal.com By far the most common diagnosis I see in my special education practice is autism, so this wonderful non-profit is especially close to my heart. Celebrating its 15 th year and based right here in Carmel, LittleStar ABA Therapy (formerly Little Star Center) is ...
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  • By Thomas Blessing Special Education Attorney with Hollingsworth & Zivitz tblessing@hzlegal.com In my special education practice, I represent students with a variety of disabilities. By far the most common diagnosis I see is autism. An estimated 1 in 68 children is on the spectrum, creating tremendous demand for resources. Unfortunately, most public school districts do not provide the level of ...
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  • Special Needs Expo

    || 1-Sep-2017

    by Tom Blessing Special Education Attorney with Hollingsworth & Zivitz tblessing@hzlegal.com In my special education practice, I get to meet lots of terrific providers and volunteers who serve the special needs community. Our friends at FUSE (Families United for Support and Encouragement) are hosting their first Inspiring Abilities Expo in Shelby County. Sponsorship deadline is Friday, ...
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  • How to Get Your Child a Better IEP

    || 1-Sep-2017

    by Tom Blessing Special Education Attorney with Hollingsworth & Zivitz tblessing@hzlegal.com Parents with a child in special education are familiar with an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This is basically a contract—a legally binding document which sets forth the needs, goals, services and accommodations which your child is entitled to receive (and the school is obligated to ...
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  • Save The Date: Autism Speaks Walk September 9

    || 21-Aug-2017

    By Thomas Blessing Special Education Attorney with Hollingsworth & Zivitz tblessing@hzlegal.com In my special education practice, I represent students with a variety of disabilities. By far the most common diagnosis I see is autism. An estimated 1 in 68 children is on the spectrum, creating tremendous demand for resources. Unfortunately, most public school districts do not provide the level of ...
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  • Special Needs Carnival

    || 14-Aug-2017

    By Thomas Blessing Special Education Attorney with Hollingsworth & Zivitz tblessing@hzlegal.com Each year as part of its Fall Festival, the Zionsville Lions Club hosts a free "VIP Carnival" for kids of all ages who have special needs, their families and caregivers. I know how challenging it is to find activities for children with special needs and this is a wonderful opportunity for ...
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  • New Law Allows Victims of Domestic Abuse Access to Phone Plans, Pets Now Also Protected

    || 11-Aug-2017

    Beginning July 1, 2017, a new Indiana law will allow judges to approve the transfer of phone plans over to victims of domestic violence without an account holder’s consent. The hope is that by allowing victims of domestic violence to keep in touch with their support system, victims can make a clean break from an abusive relationship. Until now, the issue of phone plans was never addressed ...
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  • Should Your Child Be Tested by a School Psychologist?

    || 7-Aug-2017

    By Tom Blessing Special Education Attorney with Hollingsworth & Zivitz tblessing@hzlegal.com Is your child struggling in school? If you suspect your child may have a learning disability or behavior problem, it’s a good idea to have him evaluated by a psychologist who specializes in educational evaluations. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), there are generally ...
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  • Public Persona Causes Radio Host to Lose Child-Custody Case

    || 7-Jul-2017

    Can your public image affect the outcome of your child custody case? The short answer is yes—your image matters. For many, an issue of a public persona versus what actually goes on in your daily life isn’t a concern. For those like radio host Alex Jones, best known for his opinionated personality and conspiracy theories behind The Alex Jones Show, as well as the internet news website ...
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  • Same-Sex Couples May Lose Parental Rights Case

    || 3-Jul-2017

    In 2015, eight same-sex couples filed lawsuits against the State of Indiana challenging laws that only allow a birth mother, rather than two mothers, to be listed as a parent on a child’s birth certificate. In light of the landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that made same-sex marriages legal, federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt found Indiana’s law that requires a same-sex spouse to ...
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  • Indiana Will Dish Out $25M to Settle DCS Case

    || 28-Jun-2017

    After over a decade-long legal battle, the Finnegan family finally has a clear name and a little peace of mind. In 2015, the Pulaski County Department of Child Services was found to have falsely prosecuted the Finnegans for their daughter’s death and a federal jury awarded the family $31.3 million in damages. Although the State initially appealed the verdict, Indiana has agreed to pay the ...
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  • DIVORCE - WHAT TO EXPECT: I've Filed for Divorce, Now What?

    || 22-Jun-2017

    If you’re contemplating filing for divorce, you may be wondering, “What happens next?” Taking that first step can be scary, can leave you feeling sad, can sometimes even offer forms of relief, but often it just leaves a sense of anxiety because of the unknown. If you take out all the different complexities that can convolute each individual divorce, the legal process itself can ...
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  • SCOTUS Rules Spouse Can't Have Access to Veteran's Disability Benefits

    || 30-May-2017

    Can a State increase the amount a divorced spouse receives each month from a veteran’s retirement pay to indemnify a divorced spouse for the loss caused by a veteran’s waiver to elect disability benefits? Quite simply put, the Supreme Court of the United States says, “no”. Why is this important? Because it impacts the amount of money a divorcing spouse can be awarded from a ...
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  • COA Reverses Dissolution Decree Imputing Potential Income to Mother

    || 27-Apr-2017

    Originally published on TheIndianaLawyer.com : A divided Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed the terms of a marriage dissolution decree, finding the trial court erred in imputing potential income to the mother based on the fact that she should now be able to work full-time because her children are older. In Karen B. Salser v. Gregg A. Salser, 02A03-1606-DR-1308, Karen Salser was a part-time ...
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  • 8 Practical Steps to Prepare for Divorce

    || 12-Apr-2017

    Going through a divorce can be messy, both financially and emotionally, so doing everything you can to prepare for the process can help save you and your family unnecessary stress and hassle. Follow these steps to take stock of your finances, know which steps you need to take to move forward and make the divorce as quick and painless as possible. 1. Gather Financial Records Take stock of your ...
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