Welcome to my blog.
My name is Wendy Pizer. I’m a special education attorney serving families in Arlington, Northern Virginia, and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. I’m also 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.
Grant Opportunity for Virginia Families
Virginia families may be interested in applying for a grant from the Virginia Department of Education’s K-12 Learning Acceleration Grants program.
Student Attendance at IEP Meetings
IEPs are all about the student with the disability. So when does a student attend their own IEP meeting?
Parents’ Special Education Rights
Parents have strong special education rights. Check out this list of the top five parental rights in the IEP process.
25 Community Organizations Oppose Changes to School Discipline in Virginia
25 community organizations jointly call on Virginia legislators to oppose a school discipline bill that will disproportionately harm students with disabilities without making schools any safer.
10 Steps to Take if your Child is Bullied at School
Students with disabilities have the right to attend school without being bullied. Here are 10 steps parents can take if you suspect your child is being bullied at school.
The Top 10 Completely Wrong Things Schools have said about IEPs
It is rather amazing how much schools get wrong about IEPs and special education requirements.
The Rights of Students with Disabilities in Private Schools
Students with disabilities who attend private schools may still be protected under federal disability law.
Fairfax County Public Schools Releases Plan to Provide Compensatory Education to Remedy FAPE Violations from COVID-19 Remote Learning
Fairfax County Public Schools has acknowledged that it did not meet its legal obligations to students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has released a plan to fix it.
Virginia Settlement Affirms Right to Peer Masking
The Commonwealth of Virginia settled a lawsuit with 12 disabled students, affirming that peer masking in Virginia public schools is a reasonable modification for students whose disabilities put them at severe risk if they contract COVID-19.
Accommodations for College Entrance Exams
Parents of high school students with disabilities often wonder how to apply for accommodations for the SAT, PSAT, ACT and Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
Students with Epilepsy have Rights at School.
Schools must provide students with seizure disorders the support they need to safety attend school, learn and fully access their school environment.
Virginia Parents – Know Your Special Education Consent Rights
Virginia parents of students with disabilities need to know that they have important parental consent rights as they proceed through the special education process.