Supreme Court rules

For those of you who don’t follow the Supreme Court, there is a case that may affect those within the special abilities community and the case is Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.

Now I know for many of you, the legal world is full of mumble jumble, so instead I recommend the article entitled “What Watching the Endrew F. Supreme Court Case Taught Me About Nuance and FAPE” over at Understood via the The Inside Track blog by Amanda Morin. From a law librarian and parents perspective, it’s well worth the read.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian
 

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Special Needs Trust

So when I went to this workshop on special needs trusts tonight, put on by St. Louis Arc , I was expecting to learn about trusts. I truly say however, that I definitely got more than I bargained for.

I walked out feeling like I’m starting to make sense of it all, special needs trusts, guardianship and more. As one of the presenters later said, getting to where you want to get to is sort of a cylinder process. It’s like your on the outside looking in but as you go round and round, continuing to learn more, you start to get closer and closer to the center of what you need to know.

I’m definitely getting closer to the center. In fact, I think the financial advisor who spoke tonight is someone I want to talk to some more. He not only has a son with special abilities, he has a brother with special abilities. Seems to me like someone who gets it. All I can say is thank you!

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

As someone that works in the judicial system and who has a son with special abilities, this article caught my attention. It seems that while there have been a large number of lawsuits regarding the  Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA, some now believe that rather than looking to change the law, we should perhaps look at the states with largest number of lawsuits.

The article is entitled “Reducing Special Education Lawsuits May Mean Focusing on Certain States, Not IDEA ” by  over at the Education Week blog. Definitely a little light legal reading.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian