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Video: Special Needs Life Planning

Posted on March 29, 2021

Every parent, and especially a parent of a child with special needs, has to think about the future. Who will take care of your child when you no longer can? This video featuring Katherine Aquino-Melendez,... read more

Video: Guardianship & Special Needs Planning in New York

Posted on March 24, 2021

Learn about guardianships in New York in this video from Katherine Aquino-Melendez, a special needs planning attorney at the Cuddy Law Firm. If you have a child or other family member who has disabilities and... read more

Covid-19 and Navigating the Special Education System

Posted on March 3, 2021

In this video, Cuddy Law Firm special education attorney Joseph Sulpizio gives an update for parents in Pennsylvania in spring 2020 on how schools were required to provide special ed services during shutdowns due to... read more

Compensatory Services and COVID – What Should You and Your School District Be Discussing, and What Should You Know?

Posted on November 4, 2020

By Alison Morris, Esq. Federal and state guidance made clear that compensatory (make-up) services might be available to students as a result of COVID instruction and services that were inappropriate. For links to some guidance,... read more

Update: Summer Services Can Be Provided in Person in New York by Alison Morris, Esq.

Posted on June 19, 2020

On June 5, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order stating that “special education services and instruction … may be provided in person for the summer term in school districts.” School districts that provide in... read more

COVID-19 Instruction Update – Summer School Programs Will Be Virtual by Alison Morris, Esq.

Posted on June 1, 2020

On May 21, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced that summer school programs will continue to be provided through distance learning, and will not take place on school campuses. This means that students who are entitled to... read more

New York Office of Special Education COVID-19 Special Education Updates by Alison Morris, Esq.

Posted on June 1, 2020

On April 27, 2020, the New York State Education Department (“NYSED”) released a Supplemental Memo with Additional Questions and Answers, regarding school district’s obligations and families’ rights during COVID-19 school closures.  Some of the main... read more

New York State Department of Health Requires Hospitals to Allow Support Persons for Patients with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities by Alison Morris, Esq.

Posted on May 22, 2020

On April 10, 2020, the New York State Department of Health issued a Health Advisory, stating “[e]ffective immediately” hospitals “are required to permit a patient support person at the patient bedside for”: Patients for whom... read more

Evaluations During COVID-19 Closures – What Steps Should My School (and I) Be Taking? by Alison Morris

Posted on May 22, 2020

On March 16, 2020, the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) put out a Fact Sheet on steps schools should take during school closures due COVID-19, while protecting students’ civil rights.... read more

Update: Good News – No Additional Special Education Waiver Requests Made by Secretary of Education by Alison Morris, Esq.

Posted on May 4, 2020

On March 27, 2020, the President signed a stimulus bill to counteract the economic effects of COVID-19, called the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). As part of the bill, the Secretary... read more