Conference on Dyslexia, Oct. 21st

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On October 21st, the NYC Bar Association is hosting a conference called Dyslexia: Children in Need of Identification and Representation. One of our attorneys, Paul Kohan, is a co-chair of this conference and our law partner Jesse Cole Cutler is a featured speaker.

This is a CLE event (generally attended by lawyers for professional credit), but it may be of interest to parents and professionals as well. A greatly discounted registration fee of $50 is being offered for non-lawyers, which includes lunch and all event materials. Anyone who can’t afford that fee is able to request a scholarship. Folks can register on the NYC Bar Association’s website.

The esteemed lunch speakers are Dr. Nadine Gaab, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and NYS Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon, who represents parts of Brooklyn in Albany and has been a long-time champion of this community. Dr. Gaab will discuss the latest research on dyslexia, particularly with regards to early screening and early intervention. Assembly Member Simon will discuss her legislative work around early screening and early intervention.

The four panels are:

  • What is Dyslexia? Understanding the Diagnosis from a Clinical & Legal Perspective
    Psychologist: Amy Margolis, Ph.D. (Columbia University Medical Center)
    AttorneysMichelle Kule-Korgood (Kule-Korgood & Associates, P.C.), Kim Madden (Advocates for Children)

  • Strategies for Parents with and without Financial Means to Obtain Remedies for Students with Dyslexia Other than Tuition, Such as Private Evaluations, Research-Based Intervention Services, Tutoring and/or Technology, Including Remedies for Past Violations
    Psychologist: Amy Margolis, Ph.D. (Columbia University Medical Center)
    Clinician: Anna West (Lindamood Bell Learning Processes Inc.)
    Attorneys: Elisa Hyman (The Law Office of Elisa Hyman, Esq.) & Nancy Bedard (Brooklyn Legal Services) 

  • Special Education & Private Schools: The Lawyers Role in Tuition Reimbursement for K-12 Private Schools
    Attorneys: Neal Rosenberg (Law Offices of Neal H. Rosenberg), Jesse Cole Cutler (Law Offices of Regina Skyer & Associates, LLP), Michelle Kule-Korgood (Kule-Korgood & Associates, P.C.)

  • Review of Current Case Law
    Attorneys: Neal Rosenberg (Law Offices of Neal H. Rosenberg), Jesse Cole Cutler (Law Offices of Regina Skyer & Associates, LLP)

Register now for Skyer Law's first "Turning 5" workshop of the year - October 10th

Kindergarten and Special Education Part Two: Understanding Your Child's Legal Rights with Skyer Law

Thursday, October 10th, 2019
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (58 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn)
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Please click here to register for this free event.

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At our first “Turning 5” workshop of this school year, three partners at the Skyer Law firm, Regina Skyer, Greg Cangiano, and Abbie Smith, will guide parents through the kindergarten transition process in NYC.

This is part two in a series of workshops sponsored by the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s Music Cares program. Part one is a lecture by special education consultant Sarah Birnbaum on September 26th.

The workshop is based on Regina Skyer’s indispensable 2015 book, How to Survive Turning Five, and is designed for parents of preschoolers and interested special education professionals of preschoolers. We will answer as many individual questions as time allows in a Q&A session after the presentation. Participants will learn about:

  • the legal rights of students with disabilities under the IDEA and relevant court decisions

  • the transition from CPSE to CSE

  • the continuum of programs available to all “turning five” students

  • what “pendency” is–and what it is not

  • the process for tuition reimbursement when no public option is appropriate

  • impartial hearings, appeals, and settlement procedures

  • the school application process in NYC

  • why independent evaluations matter, and

  • important tips and strategies to ensure a positive outcome

Regina Skyer founded the Law Offices of Regina Skyer & Associates in 1992 for the sole purpose of advocating, mediating, and litigating on behalf of children with special education needs. Learn more about Skyer Law by visiting www.skyerlaw.com.

Upcoming Events from Skyer Law

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NAVIGATING SPECIAL NEEDS IN NYC: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Sep 19, 2019
5:30-7:30pm at the West Side YMCA

Regina Skyer
will be speaking on a panel covering a wide variety of issues facing parents of special needs children. A perfect introduction for those who are new to the special needs parenting world. The event has been organized by special needs financial advisor Liz Kinstlinger. Space is limited, so register in advance. This is a free event.

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KINDERGARTEN AND SPECIAL EDUCATION PART TWO: UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD'S LEGAL RIGHTS WITH SKYER LAW

Oct 10, 2019
6:30pm-8:30pm at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Three Skyer Law attorneys, Regina Skyer, Greg Cangiano, and Abbie Smith, will speak about how to navigate the kindergarten transition process in NYC (often called “turning five”). Register on BCM’s page for this event. This is a free event sponsored by Music Cares of BCM.

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DYSLEXIA: CHILDREN IN NEED OF IDENTIFICATION AND REPRESENTATION (CLE EVENT)

Oct 21, 2019
9am-4pm at NYC Bar Association

Skyer Law attorney Paul Kohan is co-organizer of this important CLE event and Skyer Law partner Jesse Cole Cutler is one of the featured speakers. “This full-day CLE on Dyslexia – a significant learning disability affecting approximately 20% of school-aged children – will provide lawyers and clinicians an inside view into how the special education system works for families with potentially dyslexic and diagnosed dyslexic children.” Visit the NYC Bar Association's event page to register.

Please contact Paul Kohan in our office pkohan[at]skyerlaw[dot]com if you are an interested parent or non-legal professional and we will let you know when we learn more about the possibility of reduced registration fees.

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SPECIAL EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM: HOW TO NAVIGATE YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING DISABILITY DIAGNOSIS

Oct 25, 2019
9am-4pm at the Child Mind Institute

Skyer Law partner Abbie Smith will be speaking on a panel at the Child Mind Institute’s 2nd annual Special Education Symposium. This is “a full-day workshop for parents of children in grades K-12 with language-based learning disabilities — including challenges with listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling and mathematics.” The agenda includes panels about “evaluations, interventions, legal challenges, and admissions processes for local public, private, and learning support schools.”

Registration is $125 and includes lunch. See the Child Mind Institute’s website for details.

 

Welcome Back to School! + Upcoming Events

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Happy fall!

We hope that everyone is enjoying a wonderful beginning to the new school year.

Now that notices are filed, we are busy at work engaging with the district on settlement offers and drafting hearing notices. But we are never too busy to advocate for your child if a problem arises and we can help. Particularly this time of year there may be transportation issues beyond just a new driver familiarizing themself with a route. Don’t be shy about reaching out if you can’t solve these on your own.

Upcoming Events

September Bus Route Information Now Available & Some Busing News

Earlier this week, OPT posted September-June bus routing information for most students who take the bus. All you need to look up your child’s bus route information is your child’s OSIS number (student ID number assigned by the DOE, which can be found on your child’s IEP) and your child’s date of birth. For “Education Type” select “Special Ed/Fall.”

Busing is a perennial source of worry and confusion for parents at the start of each school year, even for those who have been through the process before. Read our past blog posts for more information on who is entitled to busing and how to troubleshoot common problems.

Finally, you may have heard in the news this week that GPS is finally coming to school buses in September. This is welcome news, but unfortunately, somewhat misleading: it doesn’t mean that parents are going to have an app to track the bus on their phones any time soon (despite the law requiring this by September).

The new partnership between OPT and its contractor Via has just begun, and the DOE has refused to even provide a timeline for the release of an app for families. For now, however, it does mean that OPT says it will know where a school bus is when parents call.

Last year, our firm worked with Council Member Ben Kallos on the idea for this legislation. Along with many parents and other education advocates, we testified about the issue at City Hall. We are proud of our advocacy, and we share in your disappointment that the DOE has started the year unapologetically behind schedule and in violation of city law.