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Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law & Advocacy (EBCALA)
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Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA)
Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy (EBCALA)

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"Why is it that once people enter the education industrial complex, they forget why they were on that path to begin with, and lose the ability to relate to parents and other laypeople who don't speak their strange language?

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We’re excited to announce a new EBCALA website featuring our first West-coast conference, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 18-19, 2013 in San Diego. It’s entitled Empowering Autism which aptly describes our mission to advance legal and advocacy strategies to improve the lives of those with autism. Friday, Oct. 18 is Continuing Legal Education for professionals and Saturday, Oct. 19 is intensive training for parents/grandparents. Hope you'll join us!

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What is more valuable for your child n the classroom: experience or a freshly enthusiastic approach?

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This isn't just happening in New York. Parents of special needs kids in all states are reporting that charter schools try to push their kids out of their schools.

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This article is an important reminder about how much money school districts are paying special education law firms. In this particular case, board members are shockingly dismissive of the ethics violations by both Ms. Moors and the law firm, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost. It's not credible that neither Ms. Moors nor the law firm were aware that their job offer to Ms. Moors and the pending vote were a serious breach of ethics as well as a violation of law.

It's worth noting that Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP was formed by attorneys who were involved with the Lozano Smith malfeasance debacle; they were publicly reproved and sanctioned for bad faith, misstatements and intentional obstruction of the law involving a special education case. Apparently they didn't learn any conflict-of-interest lessons in the ethics training that was court ordered for all Lozano Smith associates.

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This article illustrates a significant problem with charter schools and special education. Often charters are unwilling to comply with state and federal special education laws. While they are happy to receive special education funds, many are out of compliance and mislead parents into thinking they don't have the same legal responsibilities as school districts.

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Now we just need the cameras in all the special education classrooms too.

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Yet another reason why schools should have zero tolerance for bullying and provide quality bullying programs to empower the bystanders.

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California associations of special education directors and staff hold legal conferences/workshops that parents absolutely cannot attend. Every school district trains their staff on special education law and parents are not invited or allowed to attend. School staff will often meet with their attorney before they hold an IEP meeting and parents are definitely not invited to the pre-meeting. If the district were serious about collaboration, they would open up each and every training on special education law for their own staff to all parents. They would not contract with any law firm that attended conferences that bars attorneys/advocates who represent parents. TUSD should have sponsored these workshops themselves a long time ago. They didn't have to wait until another organization filled the void and then threaten to sue the city to subvert the parent training sessions.

Lastly, since Temecula mayor Mike Naggar is the parent of a child affected by autism, it certainly brings up the question as to whether the district is specifically harassing him as a parent and any role he might have played in providing a venue for parent training at City Hall.

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Sadly, Pennsylvania isn't the only state with school districts that are guilty of warehousing special education students.
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