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Adulthood Transition: An Overview

By Diana Maltz, Esq What is adulthood transition?Adulthood transition is a process by which the school district prepares a student in special education for life after high school. If your child has an IEP and is 16 years old, the District must prepare an Individualized Transition Plan (ITP). When should transition planning begin?Transition planning can begin when your child is …

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We Are Pleased to Announce that Devan Brothers, joins the Law Offices of Hirji and Chau, LLP as our New Associate Litigation Attorney

We are pleased to announce that Devan Brothers, joins Law Offices of Hirji and Chau, LLP as an Associate Litigation Attorney. She brings to her role a passion for special education and disability rights law and more than 10 years of direct advocacy experience on behalf of children with disabilities and their families. Devan graduated in 2003 from Boston University …

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The IEP: From the Document to the Classroom

JOIN ATTORNEY BONNIE YATES, this Sunday, September 16 • 4:00 – 6:00 PM Bonnie Yates, Esq. will lead attendees through a discussion on what is possible to accomplish in the IEP process, the steps you can take to ensure that your child’s IEP is implemented, and that the agreed upon accommodations are in place and being utilized in the classroom. Ms. …

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Free Speech Rights – Student Walkouts and School Discipline UPDATE

Law Offices of Hirji & Chau support the right of students to protest. In anticipation of the April 20 school walkouts in support of gun control, we are providing free legal advice to any student or parent that wants to know what their rights are before and/or after the walkout. Call us to schedule a time to speak with an attorney. …

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New Law Protects Charter Schools Students In Admission and Discipline

By Diana Maltz, Law Clerk and Rosa K. Hirji Charter schools have earned a reputation for discouraging admissions of students with disabilities or pushing out students who may have behavioral issues or special needs. In 2016, the ACLU of Southern California released a report on How Some California Charter Schools Illegally Restrict Enrollment. Starting January 1, 2018, a new law …

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Court of Appeal Reverses Teacher’s Restraining Order Against Parents of Disabled Child

CRITICISING A TEACHER IN THE PALMDALE SCHOOL DISTRICT RESULTED IN RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST LOCAL PARENTS OF DISABLED CHILD THE COURT OF APPEAL REVERSED On February 2, 2018, the Antelope Valley Superior Court reversed its own three year restraining order sought by a teacher from the Palmdale School District against parents of a disabled child.  Amber Allington, a third grade teacher, claimed that …

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Free Speech Rights – Student Walkouts and School Discipline

Law Offices of Hirji & Chau support the right of students to protest. In anticipation of the March 14 school walkouts in support of gun control, we are providing free legal advice to any student or parent that wants to know what their rights are before and/or after the walkout. Call us to schedule a time to speak with an attorney. Here …