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Caregivers May Be Eligible for Paid Leave Under CARES Act

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, families across the country are suffering unimaginable hardships. However, nowhere has been hit as hard by COVID-19 as New York City. Whether it be illness, job loss, lack of childcare or loss of a loved one, all New Yorkers have been affected by the virus in one way or another. The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard for all parents with children living at …

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By Kristin Peterson and Marion Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP The  United States Department of Education has confirmed that students with disabilities remain entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)  during the COVID-19 national emergency. The New York State Education Department  has similarly confirmed that students with disabilities are entitled to FAPE and has issued update guidance. NYSED has confirmed that students with disabilities must receive continuity of learning …

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10 Steps for Documenting Your Child’s Progress at Home

By: Amy E. Halpert, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP Students with disabilities are receiving a drastically reduced number of service hours. When they do receive services, it is questionable whether those service hours are being rendered with fidelity through the distance-learning platform. While we have been guided by the Department of Education to be flexible and understanding, and creatively collaborate with schools and educators, we can do that while also taking …

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Jordan Jankus, Coordinator of Person-Centered & Cognitive Supports at Arc of Westchester, joins Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., to discuss Arc of Westchester’s remote services at this time, personal technology and smart phone updates, utilizing apps for people with special needs, and, helping people with cognitive disabilities find person-centered technology solutions during COVID-19.

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By Marion M.  Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP The COVID-19 virus is taking a disproportionate toll on our most vulnerable population. The New York times, in a recent article,  reported that, as of Monday, April 7,  1,100 of the 140,000 people with developmental disabilities had tested positive for the virus;  105 people had died.  This rate is much higher than in the general population and  similar to the toll in …

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By Arshi Pal, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP On April 6, 2020 Governor Andrew Cuomo extended the ‘New York on Pause’ order, keeping New York State schools closed through April 29th. Simultaneously, the New York State Board of Regents adopted emergency regulations to address continued school closures. The amendments address various topics such as Requirements for State Aid; Special Education; continuing education requirements for teachers and personnel; Curriculum requirements; and Bilingual …

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Littman Krooks partner Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., and partner Marion M. Walsh, Esq., discuss how students, educators and parents alike are trying to chart their course in our newfound world of online or remote learning, and the supplemental fact sheet issued by The United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)  on the provision of remote or distance learning and …

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By Amy E. Halpert and Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP We are living through unprecedented times. Schools have closed – a jolt to our systems. Students, educators and parents alike are trying to chart their course in our newfound world of online or remote learning.  A host of new concerns and considerations in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) confront both parents and educators. The United States Department …

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Safeguarding Civil Rights of Students During The Pandemic

By Amy Halpert, Esq., and Marion Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP In our new reality where school doors are physically closed, we are embarking on distance learning for ourselves, and for our children, from home. These are indeed unprecedented times.  School officials and educators must tackle a slew of new challenges and considerations in the shadow of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). How schools approach and tackle these new issues is critical …

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