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.
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.
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.
Parents of high school students with disabilities often wonder how to apply for accommodations for the SAT, PSAT, ACT and Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
Schools must provide students with seizure disorders the support they need to safety attend school, learn and fully access their school environment.
Virginia parents of students with disabilities need to know that they have important parental consent rights as they proceed through the special education process.
Students with ADHD can qualify for an IEP if they meet the criteria under the IDEA.
In a case of first impression, the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit recently ruled that gender dysphoria is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This ruling provides students who have gender dysphoria with an important additional source of legal protection.
Looking for ideas to support your child? Check out this Accommodations Toolbox.
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. Could you use some tips?