Your Special Education Rights: What You Need to Know

09 May 2018

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Jennifer Laviano and Julie Swanson answered audience members’ questions about special education rights. This video has been lightly edited to remove inaudible questions.

Attorney Jennifer Laviano and special education advocate Julie Swanson will demystify the federal laws that govern the rights of children with disabilities and give you the information you need to help your child succeed in school and beyond. Topics will include: How to craft language in documents…criteria for independent evaluations…and deciphering IEP language. Plus, how the recent Supreme Court decision on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District affects your child’s educational program.

Jennifer Laviano and Julie Swanson are co-authors of the new book, Your Special Education Rights. If you would like to purchase a copy and have it signed the night of the event, you may purchase a copy from Amazon. Books will not be sold at the event.

Important note from the presenters/authors: “Our sincere hope is that our candid account does not alienate educators and administrators, but rather raises awareness of how difficult it can be to navigate the special education system. Our goal is empowerment of parents so that they can work shoulder to shoulder with their school districts on behalf of their child, rather than against them.”

This event is co-sponsored by Darien SEPAC and Darien Library.

About the Presenters

Jennifer Laviano is a special education attorney in private practice in Connecticut. Her firm’s representation of children with special needs encompasses the full spectrum of advocacy under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504, from attendance at IEP team meetings and mediation to litigation in due process hearings and federal court. She is a regular presenter about the special legal rights of children with disabilities and their entitlement to receive a free and appropriate education and to be free from disability-based discrimination.

Julie Swanson is a Connecticut special education advocate whose practice grew out of her efforts to help her son. As an advocate, she helps parents navigate the special education process, including attending IEP and Section 504 meetings. She speaks frequently on special education matters and has a long-standing history of service on special education-related state boards, task forces, and legislative appointments to state councils.


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