IEPs vs 504: What’s the Difference?

If you have a student, then you already know that there are a lot of important academic decisions that must be made, like which classes to take, which extra-curricular activities to join, and, if your student has a disability or special needs, you may be wondering which specialized education plan is right for them. When working with a school to create a special education plan, there are two documents you can choose from: an IEP…

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Pitfalls in Filing for Divorce

There are many nuances in any court case.  A divorce is no different and I have recently run into a few pitfalls from clients who begin their case on their own (aka “Pro Se”).  Check out the following for a short list of some major pitfalls so you can learn from those who filed before you! This is not a substitute for legal advice. This is legal information. This does not create an attorney-client relationship.…

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DCFS Indicated

Now what? This is not a substitute for legal advice. This is legal information. This does not create an attorney-client relationship. This can be an extremely emotional and tense time.  It is important to keep the emotions separate and do your best to think clearly at this moment. There are strict deadlines and timelines for folks who want to appeal the decision by DCFS. If you go beyond those strict deadlines, you will likely be…

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Tax Credit: Who counts the kids?

This is one of the most common questions folks have when they have not finalized a plan with the parent of their children. Who counts the kids on their taxes? NOTE: This is not legal advice. This is legal information. Contact an attorney for your specific situation. Do you have a Divorce Decree or Joint Parenting Agreement? If you already went through the process to get a Decree or Agreement of some kind–check there first. …

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Resources for Autism

I get questions all the time about resources for students with Autism from a patient and compassionate hairdresser to better in-home services, and of course, school suggestions. I do not have a partnership, nor am I endorsing any one of these resources, but merely offering a place to collect and disperse the information. Let me know if you have anything to add or comments about what was already listed! Autism Speaks Resource Guide–> Offers state-by-state…

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