Recent Posts in Education & Juvenile Law Category

  • Least Restrictive Environment and Shortened School Days

    || 14-Dec-2017

    By Tom Blessing Indiana Special Education Attorney Hollingsworth & Zivitz Least Restrictive Environment Under the law, public schools are required to educate students with disabilities in what’s called their least restrictive environment, or LRE. The goal is to make sure that kids with disabilities are educated with their typical peers “to the maximum extent ...
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  • How to Transfer Your Child to Another School

    || 4-Dec-2017

    By Tom Blessing Indiana Special Education Attorney Hollingsworth & Zivitz When people hear the term “transfer schools,” they usually think of a family relocating from one school district to another: a family moves from Carmel to Fishers and the kids are withdrawn from Carmel and enrolled in Hamilton Southeastern—their new school corporation of legal ...
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  • Save The Date: Autism Speaks Walk September 9

    || 21-Aug-2017

    By Thomas Blessing Special Education Attorney with Hollingsworth & Zivitz 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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  • Should Your Child Be Tested by a School Psychologist?

    || 7-Aug-2017

    By Tom Blessing Special Education Attorney with Hollingsworth & Zivitz 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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  • Call 6: Mom settles lawsuit with district over allegations they abused special needs student

    || 17-Jan-2017

    Hollingsworth & Zivitz attorney Thomas Blessing featured in RTV6 coverage of a lawsuit involving a Jasper County mother's lawsuit against a public school district in which she accused them of repeatedly neglecting and abusing her son with special needs: Call 6: Mom settles lawsuit with district over allegations they abused special needs student
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  • Hollingsworth & Zivitz attorney Tom Blessing was featured in a story on RTV6, The Indy Channel, discussing a case in which he represents a Wheatfield boy who suffered neglect and abuse at school. The case involves a 12-year-old boy diagnosed with disabilities including autism ADHD and anxiety disorder, and the lawsuit alleges that he was subjected to "cruel, gratuitous and sadistic acts ...
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  • In our special education practice, probably the most common diagnosis our clients have is autism. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is one of the few generally accepted and scientifically reviewed interventions for autism. Under an Indiana law, which is sometimes referred to as the "autism mandate," health insurance companies are generally prohibited from excluding (the statute ...
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  • Father Writes a Letter to His Daughter with Down Syndrome

    || 1-Oct-2013

    If you are a parent with a child with a disability, then you know better than anyone that your child is so much more than that label. You also know the struggle to prove that to the world and the hope that your child can teach you. This Father describes these feelings very well in a letter he writes to his daughter about his path in dealing with having a child born with a disability. See the video ...
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  • Indiana's New Restraint Law

    || 7-Aug-2013

    Indiana's new restraint law comes on the heels of many recent state moves to govern the use of restraint and seclusion in schools. With both staff and student safety in mind, several states including Wisconsin and Ohio have also recently passed measures to guide educators with resources for handling out-of-control children safely and effectively while reducing the need for restraint and ...
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  • The Fragility Factor: A Nation of Wimps

    || 5-Aug-2013

    Are parents going too far to protect their children from disappointment? Parents are going to ludicrous lengths to take the bumps out of life for their children. However, parental hyperconcern has the net effect of making kids more fragile; that may be why they're breaking down in record numbers. This article discusses the possibility that many American parents are going overboard to cater to ...
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  • How Will I know if my Child is Making Progress?

    || 29-May-2013

    In order to measure your child's progress, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team must first indentify her current levels as a base line or a starting point for creating goals. Present levels of academic achievement and functional performance are based on data from objective assessments. The team uses this data to write measurable IEP goals that will allow you and the school to ...
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  • Does your child struggle with behavioral/emotional issues?

    || 7-May-2013

    A FBA, or a functional behavior assessment, is a process schools often utilize when a child's behavior begins to impede their learning or the learning of other students. Functional behavioral assessments are generally considered to be a continuous problem-solving process for addressing students' unwanted behavior. It may identify: · purpose or function of behavior · variables ...
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  • Disability-related Acronyms

    || 29-Mar-2013

    The disability community is full of acronyms that people constantly use in writing and in conversation, and it’s important to know what those acronyms stand for. Acronyms are used in order to abbreviate names or phrases. A Acronyms AAC | Alternative Augmentative Communication ABA | Applied Behavioral Analysis ABC | Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence ADA |Americans with Disabilities Act ...
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  • Are charter schools required to follow IDEA?

    || 29-Mar-2013

    Federal law requires any school receiving public dollars to provide students with disabilities educational choices comparable to those offered to non-disabled students. Charter schools cannot discriminate against students with disabilities. However, it is important to determine whether your charter school receives federal funding. In determining whether a charter school is subject to the IDEA and ...
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  • Bullying / Harassment Part II

    || 13-Nov-2012

    Effects of Bullying Bullying can affect everyone including those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative consequences including substance abuse, serious mental health issues, and even suicide. It is important as a parent, teacher or school administrator to talk to kids to determine whether bullying or something else is a concern. Kids ...
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  • Bullying / Harassment

    || 12-Nov-2012

    Bullying / Harassment It is a parent's worst nightmare when a child comes home from school injured either from another student or even from school staff. When you send your child off to school, you expect to be sending them to a safe learning environment, however this is not always the case. Sometimes parents can feel helpless because of their lack of control and inability to protect their ...
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  • Detecting Autism

    || 23-Oct-2012

    Detecting Autism There have been many debates regarding the causes of Autism. It is a question that has haunted many parents who wonder if they have done something wrong to cause their child to have Autism. Although some types of Autism have known causes, most are found to be idiopathic, or without a known cause. There are many theories as what causes autism, including vaccinations, immune ...
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  • Assistive Technology

    || 19-Oct-2012

    Assistive Technology, (hereinafter "AT") is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. AT can be an important asset to your child's success and should be included in your child's IEP. AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to ...
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  • Special Education Law

    || 18-Oct-2012

    Hollingsworth and Zivitz's Education Law Team has one goal in mind; Your child's success in education and in life. We believe that ALL children deserve an Education and should feel safe in the school they attend. We believe all parents deserve to be informed of their rights and their options as it pertains to their child's education. We believe in creating positive relationships with ...
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  • Welcome to HZ on Education and Juvenile Law Blog!

    || 18-Oct-2012

    Welcome! Our laywers are pleased to announce the launch of our newest blog on Education and Juvenile law.
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