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Bill and Vanessa Brownley-Reston TimesCommunity 10/19/2004
Husband-and-wife legal team, based on their own life experience of having a son with dyslexia, has made it their business to help parents of other students with special needs.

The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees a “free and appropriate public education” (FAPE) for all children and youth with disabilities.
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Education Week 3/18/2008
Study Finds ‘Section 504’ Rules Source of Confusion for Schools
Students with health or cognitive problems who aren’t eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act have protection under another federal law: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
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The Brownley Law Group Comes to Roanoke 5/2/2008
The Brownley Law Group is a Northern Virginia based firm that has recently expanded into other parts of Virginia. We now have an advocate and do work in and around Roanoke and neighboring Franklin County, Virginia. Amy Trail is our advocate based in the Roanoke area. She is a Special Education parent with experience in ABA, autism, and sensory integration. She has considerable experience advocating for the needs and rights of children with local area school systems. 

Our group also recently expanded to the Virginia Beach City and Frederick Maryland.


Guest Articles:

Handling a Manifestation Determination Review (MDR)
by Bill Brownley, Attorney at Law


When a child with a disability engages in behavior or breaks a code of conduct and the school proposes to remove the child, the school must hold a hearing to determine if the child's behavior was caused by his disability. This hearing, a Manifestation Determination Review (MDR), is a process to review all relevant information and the relationship between the child's disability and the behavior.

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Transfer of Rights in Virginia
by Louis S. Nuzzo, Attorney at Law


As disabled children approached their 18th birthday it is important that their parents understand the methodology available through which they can continue to assist them in making education, career, vocational and living choices. Among the tools available to assist their children and continue to act on their behalf with school systems are: Power Of Attorney, Educational Representative, and Guardianship.

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Winterize your IEP
by John R. Frye, Special Education Advocate, Brownley Law Group


January, February, and March is a good time to pull out the IEP document and review it.

The period between winter break and spring break is a very productive part of the school year. Routines are well established. The focus has not turned to next year. January, February, and March is a time when a lot of learning can occur.

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When Parents & Schools Disagree
by Ruth Heitin, Ph.D., Educational Consultant


I often tell my clients that if my own parents were alive, they would never understand what I do for a living.

I am an independent educational consultant, and as a private professional I work for parents in seeking appropriate educational services for their children. Far more often than I prefer, I disagree with the schools - something my parents and their generation saw as heresy. Read the full story >

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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