Connecticut Juvenile Detention Centers

If your minor child is convicted of a crime, he or she may end up being sent to a juvenile detention center in Connecticut. It’s important to note that juvenile detention centers are not prisons. It is a common mistake to compare the two as the same when in fact they are not. Detention centers are only reserved for minor children under the age of 18. There are various types Continue Reading

Directory of Connecticut Summer Camps for Children with Disabilities

Looking for the right summer camp for your child with a disability is always a challenge. Making sure that the summer camp also integrates the appropriate needs for your child with a disability is difficult as well. Fortunately, here in Connecticut, when it comes to summer camps, kids with disabilities have many choices to choose from just as other kids do. Different Summer Camps Notably, the Americans with Disabilities Act Continue Reading

POLICY LETTER 22-04: April 15, 2022 to Zirkel -Due Process Complaints, Due Process Hearings, State Complaints

https://sites.ed.gov/idea/idea-files/policy-letter-22-04-april-15-2022-to-zirkel/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= SUMMARY Addresses requirements related to IDEA’s due process and state complaint procedures including: certain required content for a due process complaint; due process hearings timelines, including expedited due process hearings; the authority of hearing officers to order certain remedies; the authority of hearing officers to issue “summary judgment” on an IDEA due process complaint; and consideration of state guidance and applicable case law in the SEA’s resolution of an Continue Reading

Connecticut’s New IEP, An Overview by Special Education Attorney

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Bureau of Special Education is about to roll out the implementation of Connecticut’s new Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The new IEP will be effective July 1, 2022. Connecticut’s new IEP has many changes. Some are minor. Other changes are significant. This article explains all the changes to the CSDE’s new IEP in order for the reader to more fully understand the new format Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Education Announces Intent to Strengthen and Protect Rights for Students with Disabilities by Amending Regulations Implementing Section 504, A Message from Connecticut Special Education Lawyer Jeffrey Forte

Forty-five years after publication of the regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the landmark disability civil rights law, the U.S. Department of Education just announced plans to gather public input on possible amendments to those regulations in order to strengthen and protect the rights of students with disabilities. Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in public and private programs and activities that receive Continue Reading