Baker Act Brings all the Lawyers to the Yard

Image with text explaining: What is the Baker Act? A controversial Florida law instructing law enforcement officers to arrest and administer involuntary psych exams on mentally ill people who appear to pose a danger to themselves or others. It's not supposed to be used on the basis of a developmental, social, or intellectual disability. However,… Continue reading Baker Act Brings all the Lawyers to the Yard

The Incredibly Light Diploma

An owl flying, grasping a diploma and wearing a graduation cap There is an insidious goal sometimes lurking behind the diploma of a special needs student. At the time graduating is happening, you are giddy with relief, anticipatory for the future and unbearably relieved that "it's over". You picture your child walking the halls of… Continue reading The Incredibly Light Diploma

The Complex Conundrum of Comorbidity

Graphic depicting ADS and possible comorbid conditions So, I've spent the past few days in a huge boiling vat of stress with my two youngest at home. The teen has autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, sensory processing disorder and a learning disability, to name most of the letters floating around in her alphabet soup. I truly… Continue reading The Complex Conundrum of Comorbidity

The Cost of a “Free” and Appropriate Education

Back in 1973, under section 504 of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, a new world was formed for students with all types of disabilities. It is specifically defined as, "Under Section 504, FAPE is defined as “the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services that are designed to meet individual needs… Continue reading The Cost of a “Free” and Appropriate Education