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College Transition

By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP As the school year begins for your child with a disability, review his or her Individualized Education Program (IEP) and ensure that it is correct and that it accurately reflects your child’s needs. If you have not received a copy of the IEP, contact your district immediately. The law requires that your child have the IEP in place at the beginning of …

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By Sandi Rosenbaum, Educational Advocate, Littman Krooks LLP Relocation to another state is a complex prospect for individuals with disabilities and their families. Jason DaSilva’s NY Times Op-Doc  of July 24, “How Healthcare Makes Disability a Trap,” illustrates an important aspect of life for people with disabilities. Mr. DaSilva, who has multiple sclerosis and relies on round-the-clock Personal Care Attendants, funded by New York State Medicaid, explored the possibility of …

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Littman Krooks Special Education Advocacy

By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP If you are a parent sending your child off to college this year, make sure you are prepared.  In the flurry of packing,  parents must not overlook obtaining advance consent from their children so they can have access to important health and educational information—or risk begin left out in an emergency. Once a person turns 18, the law presumes that they have …

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Littman Krooks Founding Partner, Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., and this week’s guest, multi award winning Producer/Director, Tom D’Angora discuss a new musical about disability, friendship and kindness,  Addy & Uno: As Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school’s math competition, his friends with varying disabilities – ADHD, visual, hearing and physical impairment – rally in support.  

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College Transition

New York students returning to school this fall will find to a new health curriculum that places an increased emphasis on mental health issues. Heightened attention to students’ mental health is required by state education law changes, effective July 1, 2018, that require school officials to deliver instruction on mental health issues for students in kindergarten through grade 12. New York is the first state in the nation to mandate …

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Changes to Social Security Rules

­Emergency first responders often possess little more than the information contained in a 911 call and a street address. While this might suffice for most situations, when the emergency involves a resident with special needs, customary rescue operations can be traumatic for the resident and challenging for emergency personnel. To solve this problem, city officials in Yonkers, New York, recently created the First Responders Disability Registry, a voluntary database of …

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By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP Imagine you have an illness that is invisible.  You look healthy and are functioning on the surface but are in pain all the time, both emotionally and physically.  The illness saps all your strength.   You cannot concentrate.   Many days, you cannot get out of bed.   You often cannot sleep or sleep all the time.  You feel both numb and extra sensitized.   The …

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By Sandi Rosenbaum, Special Education Advocate, Littman Krooks LLP On February 13, 2018, the OPWDD Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board (“the Board”) held an Upstate Forum, which included the Hudson Valley via video-conference.   The Board held a second forum in Manhattan on February 22, which included Long Island and Queens via video-conference. In November of 2016, New York State, through legislation, created the Board to help provide guidance and information …

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Our guest this week is Jordan Jankus, Coordinator of Person-Centered & Cognitive Supports at Arc of Westchester,  the largest agency in Westchester County supporting children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families. Jordan joins Bernie to discuss personal technology and smart phones, how to utilize apps for people with special needs, and, helping people with cognitive disabilities find person-centered technology …

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Updates to New IDEA Website

Special Education Law

by Arshi Pal, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP  Beginning April 30, 2018, the United States Department of Education has announced that the original “Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004“ website from 2004 will no longer be active. However, parents should not panic. Instead, any individual who visits the website will be redirected to the new Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) website. The Department of Education  has explained that the original “Building …

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