Disability
Rights
at School

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.

Recent Posts

Do Masks Harm Children?

Do Masks Harm Children?

Many people strongly endorse universal masking in schools to protect students and staff from getting sick with Covid-19, and to keep schools open. Studies overwhelmingly support the efficacy of universal masking. And a growing body of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) case law has mostly...

read more
School Mask Mandates and Students with Disabilities

School Mask Mandates and Students with Disabilities

Universal masking in school is a hot button political issue these days. It is also a legal issue. For students with disabilities who are at higher risk of a severe case of Covid-19, universal masking is a fundamental need so they can access their education, a right that is protected by federal...

read more
Judge Finds Texas School Mask Ban Violates ADA

Judge Finds Texas School Mask Ban Violates ADA

In the latest development in a growing and quickly-developing body of case law, a Texas federal district court ruled that Texas's ban on masks in schools violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Plaintiffs are children with disabilities who are at...

read more
Data, Data, Data

Data, Data, Data

The US Department of Education, in collaboration with the CDC, launched a new COVID-19 data dashboard for K-12 schools. The dashboard includes data on pediatric COVID-19 cases, youth vaccination rates, and numbers on schools that are operating in-person, hybrid or remote. Much of the data is...

read more