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By Sandi Rosenbaum, Special Education Advocate In December 2016, the U.S. Department of Education has issued an updated Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools.  The guide brings together information published in a variety of guidance memos over recent years into a comprehensive reference document.  It is available at: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/504-resource-guide-201612.pdf. A student is eligible for 504 protections if they have a substantial limitation …

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by Marion M. Walsh, Esq. On Tuesday, February 7, 2017,  the United States Senate, by a vote of 51-50, appointed Betsy DeVos as the United States Secretary of Education.  She will serve as a member of President Trump’s cabinet  and will lead the United States Department of Education,  which sets policy, produces guidance memos and oversees federal funding of educational programs. During her confirmation hearings, Ms. DeVos alarmed both Senators …

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A Nutshell on Special Education Law

By Arshi Pal Do you know the basics of special education law in New York? All parents should have an understanding in case you begin to suspect that your child has a disability—whether a learning disability, an emotional disability or a health impairment, that affects learning. Special Education law represents a complex set of rules that govern how students are identified and how a student with a disability will receive …

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By Marion M. Walsh, Esq. On January 3, 2017, Governor Cuomo announced a proposal, the Excelsior Scholarship program, to cover tuition costs at  state schools for middle-and low-income students in New York. Hundreds of thousands of students will be eligible. As Governor Cuomo has recognized, a college education represents a necessity for most to compete in a global economy. The program only stands as a proposal, as the state legislature …

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By Marion M. Walsh, Esq. In this holiday season, the attorneys and staff at Littman Krooks send thanks and warm wishes to our clients for trusting us with representing your family. You inspire us each day with your tenacity and care for vulnerable loved ones. We pride ourselves in working with you to make a difference in your family member’s life. In a changing legal landscape, advocacy for the elderly, …

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By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP We stand with the student  Ehlena Fry and her golden doodle Wonder, who ventured to the United States Supreme Court yesterday.  On October 31, 2016, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools, as to whether a student and parent may seek damages under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation …

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Littman Krooks Special Education Advocacy

Come and learn how to develop an IEP, which appropriately meets the educational needs (management, academic, physical, and social-emotional development) specific to your child. Learn essential do’s and don’ts to preserve rights. Also, participants of this workshop will have the opportunity to sign up for a FREE review of your child’s current IEP or Section 504 Plan on October 18, 2016 from 11:30AM – 1:30PM. Click here to download the …

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By Stacy M. Sadove, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP Voter registration deadlines for the upcoming Presidential election are rapidly approaching. The last day to submit voter registration in-person is October 14, 2016 to the DMV, County Board of Elections or  New York State Agency- Based Voter Registration Centers. Mailed voter registrations must be mailed/postmarked by October 14, 2016 and received by  October 19, 2016. Online registration can be completed by clicking …

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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 Special Education Advocacy

At Littman Krooks, we work to help individuals with disabilities achieve meaningful benefits and live a fulfilling life. According to U.S. Census data from 2010, 56.7% in the United States have a disability – 19% of the non-institutionalized population. A disability can occur at any point in one’s life. The law protects all of us. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 guarantee civil …

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