3/22/2017 – Individualized Education Plan Must Be Reasonably Calculated to Make Progress Appropriate for Special Needs Child’s Unique Circumstances (U.S.)

3/22/2017 – Individualized Education Plan Must Be Reasonably Calculated to Make Progress Appropriate for Special Needs Child’s Unique Circumstances (U.S.) Endrew F., an autistic child, received Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for several years from the Douglas County (CO) School District. When the District presented an IEP similar to past years, Endrew’s parents, who believed that his…

NAELA Releases Multiple Sclerosis Video Series

January/February/March 2017 By NAELA Publications The new “Legal and Care Planning for People with Multiple Sclerosis” video series is intended to help people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and their families understand the complex legal and planning issues that they face. Elder Law and Special Needs Planning attorneys can help people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and their…

Business Succession Planning Services

NOVEMBER 16TH, 2016: McAndrews Law Offices’ Estates, Trusts and Wealth Transfer Group is excited to announce our Business Succession Planning Services     Business Succession Planning Services   A frequent issue arising in our estate planning work is the transfer of ownership and control of a business owned by a client. Often, the business is a…

Playing by the Same Rules: Discipline of Charter School Students with Disabilities

Playing by the Same Rules: Discipline of Charter School Students with Disabilities By Caitlin McAndrews, Esq. McAndrews Law Offices, P.C.   Earlier this year, the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project published a report entitled, “Charter Schools, Civil Rights and School Discipline: A Comprehensive Review.” The authors reviewed comprehensive data on…

The U.S. House of Representatives passes H.R.2646 – The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

July 6th, 2016: This week, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R.2646 – the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. In a recent press release issued by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mary Giliberti explains: “H.R. 2646 addresses gaps in America’s mental health system and accommodates different perspectives…

OSERS “Dear Colleague” Letter: New Policy Guidance on Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

On November 16, 2015, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services of the United States Department of Education issued a “Dear Colleague” Letter regarding its new Policy Guidance on Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).  In this letter, OSERS states that for children with disabilities who are below grade level, IEPs should include “ambitious” goals…