Special ed rights: Talk on what parents need to know to advocate for their child

Darien SEPAC and Darien Library will present Your Special Education Rights: What You Need to Know to Advocate for Your Child on Wednesday, May 9, at 7:15 p.m. in the library’s community room. To RSVP, contact [email protected].

Attorney Jennifer Laviano and special education advocate Julie Swanson will explain 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 and how the recent Supreme Court decision on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District affects your child’s educational program.

Laviano and Swanson are co-authors of the new book, Your Special Education Rights. If you would like to have a book signed, it may be purchased in advance of the event.

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.  

Swanson is a Connecticut special education advocate whose practice grew out of her efforts to help her son.