Entries by Daniel S. Perlman

Popular Post: Academic Progress Alone is not FAPE

[This post was first published on March 17, 2015. Since then, it has been shared on social media nearly 1,000 times]  A recent Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) decision makes clear that an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that allows for academic progress is not enough. Even when an IEP is appropriate academically, if […]

IEP Protections and Autism

The Autism IEP Act, championed by Massachusetts Advocates for Children, took effect in July 2006, amending M.G.L c. 71B § 3. Fast approaching its 10-Year anniversary, the law provides critical protections for students on the Autism spectrum and has had a significant impact on how school districts meet the needs of students. The law requires […]

SEPAC Presentation: Acton-Boxborough

Important Special Education Law Updates  Presentation by Daniel S. Perlman for the Acton-Boxborough SEPAC Presentation followed by questions and answers. Questions should please be submitted in advance to abspedpac@gmail.com. The SEPAC’s regular business meeting will follow this event. Food and refreshments will be served. Date: Wednesday, November 18th Location: R.J. Grey Junior High library (16 Charter Rd, Acton, […]

3 Steps to Understanding Stay-Put

When used correctly, stay-put provides a powerful and important protection for families who have children with disabilities. In short, stay-put prevents unilateral action by a school district when parents object to a change in their child’s educational program or placement. The protection ensures consistency in a student’s program during a dispute – which is critical […]

Why Emotional Progress Matters

The U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) recently reminded school districts about the importance of evaluating and providing special education services to students considered “twice exceptional.” This group includes individuals who have a disability and are also intellectually gifted. Of note, the DOE expressed concern about supporting students with emotional disabilities. According to the DOE’s memorandum: […]

SEPAC Presentation: Northborough

Special Education Basic Rights and Practical Tips Presentation by Daniel S. Perlman for the Northborough Southborough SEPAC The workshop introduces participants to the federal and state special education laws, special education process, practical tips to navigate the process, and how to resolve disagreements with the school district. Date: October 15, 2015 Location: Algonquin Regional High School Library – 79 Bartlett Street, […]

Guide: Transition and Mental Health Needs

The Parent and Professional Advocacy League recently released a helpful (and free) guide, Moving to Young Adult Life: A Legal Guide for Parents of Youth with Mental Health Needs. The guide covers topics such as financial decisions, health care options, and guardianship. It is certainly worth a read, and provides a useful roadmap. Receive blog […]

SEPAC Presentation: Somerville

Navigating the Special Education Process (Followed by Questions and Answers) Presentation by Daniel S. Perlman for the Somerville SEPAC Date: May 11, 2015 Location: Kennedy School Library Time: 6:30-8:30PM RSVP: Kim Rego – advisetheadvisory@gmail.com

FAPE and the School Bus

The right to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) does not end at the school house doors. Students who have disabilities have a right to transportation as a “related service” when it is necessary to benefit from special education. A school district is responsible for providing transportation to ensure a student receives all the special education […]