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Office of Civil Rights Makes Clear Schools Must Make Virtual Education Accessible to Students with Disabilities During Coronavirus by Alison Morris

Posted on April 13, 2020

On March 17th, 2020, Assistant Sectary of Education of Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Kenneth Marcus gave a webinar regarding online access to education during this time. The seven-minute webinar is available to watch here:... read more

Recent OSEP Decision Highlights How Important it is For Parents to Request Documents Before IEP Meetings by Alison Morris, Esq.

Posted on April 1, 2020

A September 9, 2019 Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) letter explained “neither IDEA nor its implementing regulations establish a timeline for providing a copy of the evaluation report or the documentation of determination of... read more

What are the School District’s responsibilities during school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak? by Alison Morris, Esq.

Posted on March 23, 2020

The United States Department of Education (DOE) provided a Questions and Answers document regarding schools’ responsibilities for providing services to students with disabilities: https://sites.ed.gov/idea/files/qa-covid-19-03-12-2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0GwPfjaVavFbbFrVyFUm8mIF37TKSLITeK1g2yNcfKHzOR7vitvS8KWfs While there is no federal law covering this exact scenario (schools... read more

Transition Planning – What Is It, How You Can Prepare, and Red Flags to Be Aware of by Alison Morris

Posted on February 28, 2020

A transition plan is part of a student’s individualized education program (IEP), with the goal to prepare the student for life after graduation when they are no longer receiving special education services. The IEP team,... read more

Can Bullying Be A Claim Against a School District?

Posted on January 28, 2020

Bullying a student with a disability can the basis for a denial of a free and appropriate education (FAPE) claim under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, three factors must be present: 1)... read more

NY Department of Education issues letter to Local Educational Agencies

Posted on August 25, 2016

“On August 1, 2016 the New York State Department of Education issued a letter providing direction to the Local Educational Agencies (school districts). In the case of a child whose behavior impedes the child’s learning or... read more

Austin Education Office: Killeen District Special Education Audit

Posted on March 11, 2016

The Killeen Independent School District (“KISD”) has released a special education audit completed by Gibson Consulting. The audit was discussed at the KISD Board meeting on Monday, March 7, 2016. The Cuddy Law Firm, PLLC... read more

Attorney Adrienne Arkontaky Featured in Pace Law’s February 2016 Alumni Highlight

Posted on March 1, 2016

In February 2016, The Cuddy Law Firm’s Vice President and Managing Attorney Adrienne Arkontaky was Pace Law’s Alumni Highlight. Adrienne graduated from Pace Law School in 2003 and now her practice area is a focus... read more

Reflections on Sandy Hook

Posted on December 22, 2014

In this season of celebration, we at Cuddy pause to reflect upon the tragic events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School two years ago. To read the State of Connecticut’s recently released report,... read more

Important Decision: Least Restrictive Environment Applies to Extended Year Services

Posted on July 24, 2014

The Second Circuit decided an important case this spring regarding whether the “Least Restrictive Environment” standard extends to Extended School Year Services (ESY).” In T.M. v. Cornwall Central School District, the district’s Committee on Special... read more