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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Transgender Students’ Rights

School can be tough; friends, homework, and pop quizzes can all be sources of stress in a student’s life, but worrying about whether a school will respect gender identity should never be one of them. Transgender students, like all students, have legal protections when it comes to their rights in school. If you have a child in your life who is transgender, familiarizing yourself with these rights can help you and your student make the most out…

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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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Quick Guide-Education Law Updates

This is NOT an exhaustive list nor legal advice. This is round 2 of the series! If you are looking for more new laws, check out the previous post on family law HERE. If you have questions about how these laws may impact you and your family, feel free to reach out to Harmening Law! Overlap: There are a few things that are really important for families to know, and overlap with my last post.  Those include…

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Quick Guide-Family Law Updates

This is NOT an exhaustive list nor legal advice. If you have questions about how these laws may impact you and your family, feel free to reach out to Harmening Law! Adoption Forms: (Finally) Gender neutral! Asthma: The school nurse is allowed to keep asthma medication at school prescribed to the school name. Breastfeeding: A mother can be excused from jury service (upon request) if currently breastfeeding. Car Seat: Child under 2 must be in a rear-facing car…

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