An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a legal document that guides the delivery of special education services and supports for a student. After a school district proposes an IEP, parents, who are members of their child’s special education Team, have an opportunity to respond. A family can accept, reject, or reject an IEP in part. Whenever […]
About Daniel S. Perlman
Daniel S. Perlman has committed his entire legal career to helping families who have children with special needs. As a special education lawyer, he helps ensure that children with special needs receive the services and support they need and are entitled to under law.
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Navigating the Special Education Process (Followed by Questions and Answers) Presentation by Daniel S. Perlman for the Northborough, Southborough, Westborough, and Hudson SEPACs Date: April 15, 2015 Location: Northborough Public Library Time: 6:30-8:15PM RSVP form: www.nspac.org
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 it does not provide appropriate services to address other areas of need, such as social and emotional needs, it is a […]
Navigating the Special Education Process (Followed by Questions and Answers) Presentation by Daniel S. Perlman for the Newton SEPAC When: Thursday, March 19th, 6:30-9:00 PM Where: Newton family private residence – If you would like to attend, please contact Julia Elhauge, who is graciously hosting this event. Julia can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking forward to […]
Recently, a parent sent me an email asking whether a school district could significantly limit an observation of her son’s classroom. The school district was attempting to impose numerous restrictions. An amendment to the special education law in 2008 solidified a parent’s right to observe, and an advisory from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education […]
In special education law, independent educational evaluations are important both to inform parents and school districts about the unique needs of a student. Parents can pay privately for an evaluation at any time, and share the results with the school district at a Team meeting. Parents can choose whether to share an evaluation. Sometimes, for example, evaluations contain […]
The best way for parents to determine whether their child is making effective progress is to rely on independent evaluators. In addition, there are red flags to look for within a student’s school records, including those found in Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and progress reports. Below are ten examples of red flags that might indicate that […]
Welcome to my special education blog. I will use this space to write about updates and current issues related to the legal rights of students with disabilities in Massachusetts (special education law). I will also maintain a blog at specialedlaw.com, with posts about Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) cases and legal research. Because every legal matter is different, the information you […]
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