Entries by Daniel S. Perlman

SEPAC Presentation: Georgetown and Surrounding Towns (new date)

Presentation by Daniel S. Perlman for the Georgetown Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) Topic: Beyond Basic Rights: Resolving Special Education Disputes Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Location: Georgetown Public Library 2 Maple St, Georgetown, MA 01833 Time: 6:45 PM SEPAC Website/Information: http://georgetownsepac.wixsite.com/sepac/meeting-workshop-schedule   Receive blog updates by email

SEPAC Presentation: Malden and Surrounding Towns

Presentation by Daniel S. Perlman for the Malden Special Education Advisory Council Social and Emotional Learning and the Law Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Location: Forestdale School Cafeteria 74 Sylvan Street., Malden Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm SEPAC Website/Information: https://www.facebook.com/Malden-Special-Education-Parent-Advisory-Council-SEPAC-248455821909795/   Receive blog updates by email

Dyslexia Is Very Treatable. So Why Aren’t We Helping More Kids?

Below is a link to a powerful article by Phoebe Adams and Cathy Mason about the challenges for students with dyslexia in our public schools. The article also highlights legislation that is pending in Massachusetts requiring early screening procedures for dyslexia – a step in the right direction to helping students with language-based disabilities. From the authors: […]

Presentation: Discovery of Advocate Emails and Records

I’m looking forward to presenting at the Coalition to Defend Special Education meeting about Discovery and Maintaining Client Records and Communications for Advocates and Attorneys. The meeting will also include an Ask the Attorney session on special education topics – please send your questions to Leslie Lockhart in advance of the meeting. Date: October 26, […]

Systemic Change

After a case is resolved, my clients often ask me how they might help families who are less fortunate: “What do parents do when they don’t have access to an attorney or advocate?” Others ask how they can help improve special education for other students: “My child is in a good placement, but how do […]

Former BSEA Hearing Officer Bill Crane on FAPE

In his final blog post at Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC), former Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) hearing officer Bill Crane wrote an excellent analysis on the right to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). In the post, Bill discusses the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1.  The […]

SEPAC Presentation: Northborough Southborough (Rescheduled)

Presentation by Daniel S. Perlman for the Northborough and Southborough Special Education Advisory Council (NSPAC), co-hosted by Westborough SEPAC and Shrewsbury SEPAC When You Disagree with an IEP: How to effectively resolve special education conflicts.  Followed by questions and answers.  Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Location: Algonquin Regional High School Library 79 Bartlett St., Northborough Time: […]

SEPAC Presentation: Malden

Presentation by Daniel S. Perlman for the Malden SEPAC Beyond Basic Rights: What Parents Need to Know To Successfully Navigate the Special Education Process A presentation focused on resolving disagreements in special education. Followed by questions and answers.  Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016 Location: Linden STEAM Academy (29 Wescott Street, Malden) Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. RSVP: info@maldenpac.org

MA Survey Finds Students With Emotional Needs Increasing

The Massachusetts Youth Health Survey (YHS), provided to students in grades 6-12, is conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in randomly selected public middle and high schools biannually. DESE and DPH have just released the most recent statistics (available here), from a […]

Advisory: High Quality Transition Services

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently issued an advisory on the characteristics of high quality transition services. In Massachusetts, starting at age 14, public school districts are required to provide students who have disabilities with services to address the student’s needs and build skills related to employment, vocation, daily living, and post-secondary education. The helpful guidance […]