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Informational Event on June 14, 2017, at 10 a.m.: Is Your Child Struggling In School?

Event: Is Your Child Struggling In School? The Bergman team advocates for the rights of parents and students to get a Free Appropriate Public Education (“FAPE”). If you answer YES to any of the following questions, your child may not be getting a FAPE: • Acting out or getting in trouble in school? Bombarded with…

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A Guide to Family Educational and Privacy Rights (FERPA)

A Parent’s Guide to Children’s Educational Records Did you know that a federal privacy law exists that gives certain protection regarding your child’s educational records?  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives the parent the right to review their child’s records and request changes until the child turns 18 years old.  FERPA also…

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Bullying in Schools

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Many students can become the perpetrator or target of teasing or hurtful behavior at some point during their school years. The conduct becomes a concern when hurtful or aggressive behavior toward an individual or a group appears to be unprovoked, intentional, and repetitive. Bullying is defined as hostile…

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The IRS is easing up on ABLE Act Rules

The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act) allows a person with a disability and that person’s family to put money into a special tax-advantaged account that would not destroy eligibility in government benefit programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid. The ABLE Act won final congressional approval and was…

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Dyslexia is Redefined in Order to Improve Services to Children

California passed Assembly Bill No. 1369 on October 8th which requires the Superintendent to develop program guidelines for dyslexia.  The guidelines are to be used to assist regular education teachers, special education teachers, and parents to identify and assess students who may have this learning disability.  In addition, the guidelines are to plan, provide, evaluate,…

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Houses passes Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia (READ) Act

The House of Representatives passed the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia (READ) Act,  that would require the National Science Foundation to spend at least $5 million annually on dyslexia research. The bill passed out of the House on a voice vote. There currently is no Senate companion. READ Act

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U.S. Department of Education says: Schools must allow for the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia in special education matters

Parent and Advocate voices heard! The US Department of Education provides new guidance on the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services letter to State Education Agencies today, Denise Marshall, executive director of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc….

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Bill Seeks to Reduce Liability for Disability Violations

Senate Bill 251, approved by the state Legislature last week, would give businesses that pay for a Certified Access Specialist inspection a 120-day window to remedy construction-related disability violations without being liable for minimum statutory damages. Proponents, which include more than 40 chambers of commerce and hotel associations, say the bill promotes compliance over damage…

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Bill Would Increase Access To Special Needs Trusts

Legislation approved by the U.S. Senate this week may soon make it easier for people with disabilities to save money. The bill known as the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act would allow individuals with disabilities to establish a special needs trust for themselves. Under current law, such trusts must be created by a parent, grandparent,…

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