Welcome to my blog.
My name is Wendy Pizer. I’m a special education attorney serving the Arlington and Northern Virginia region, an advocate for students with disabilities in my community, and a parent. Special education can be confusing and overwhelming. Schools have information that parents don’t have. So I created this free resource for parents to try to level the playing field a little.
Please know that this page provides information and resources, not legal advice, and utilizing this page does not create an attorney client relationship. The information may not be up to date or applicable to specific student situations. If you need assistance for a specific situation, please reach out to your school division’s parent resource center, your state’s parent training and information center, or a special education attorney or advocate in your area.
In a case of first impression, the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit recently ruled that gender dysmorphia is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This ruling provides students who have gender dysmorphia with an important additional source of legal protection.
This Accommodations Toolbox lists common IEP accommodations, describes each accommodation, and provides associated resources for parents to support their children at home.
As more and more children contract COVID-19, more will also develop long COVID. Students with long COVID may qualify for an IEP, a 504 plan, or a health plan.
Students’ social-emotional needs were very high during the last school year. As students head back to school, many may need accommodations.
For parents of kids with an IEP or 504 plan, heading back to school is quite a bit more involved than digging out the backpack and buying school supplies.
On July 1, 2022, a new law became effective in Virginia regarding seizure management and seizure action plans in schools. The new law provides important new protections for students with seizure disorders.
Under the IDEA and state and federal regulations, training for school staff can be written into IEPs.
The CDC recently updated its Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs to Support Safe In-Person Learning. There are no big surprises as the updated school guidance largely mirrors the latest community guidance. As COVID-19 mitigation becomes less stringent in...
School shootings are an all-too-real concern for parents across America but parents of students with disabilities have even more reason to worry. While schools have general emergency plans in place, plans may not be crafted with consideration of the varying needs of students with disabilities. ...
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) released a statement and policy recommendations on distance learning for students with disabilities. This document may be useful to parents who are seeking disability-related supports for their children in virtual programs, in order to ensure...
It’s IEP season! Here are 10 tips to help parents prepare for and participate in IEP meetings.
Parents Fact Sheet on Seaman v. Virginia — Federal Court Issues Preliminary Injunction against Virginia in School Mask Mandate Case
The disAbility Law Center of Virginia (dLCV), whose lawyers represent the plaintiffs (children with disabilities who are at high-risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19) in Seaman v. Commonwealth of Virginia, released this fact sheet for parents. The fact sheet explains the court's ruling that...