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Articles and resources regarding law, special education, disabilities, guardianship and more in Maryland

Summary of Endrew F. Decision 2017

Brief Summary of Endrew F. v. Douglas County Sch. Dist. RE-1 by Ellen A. Callegary, Esq. On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that, when providing special educational services to students with disabilities, school systems cannot simply...

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Maryland Elder Law and Disability Rights

Maryland Elder Law & Disability Rights - The Law Offices of Ellen A. Callegary, P.A. “Guardianship is getting much attention these days, with the creation of a Task Force to conduct a comprehensive overview of current law. Our Section devote   Maryland Elder Law...

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Special Education and Charter Schools

Link to PDF: Special Education and Charter Schools From presentation: Maryland Charter School Laws and Special Educational Responsibilities Maryland charter school laws and special education responsibilities Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and FAPE...

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Advice about Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

Baltimore’s Child “Your Special Child” Excerpts, written by Amy Landsman, September 2015, page 30 “In a perfect world, families and public schools in Maryland would work in total harmony to find the best strategies and support services for every student with a special...

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Maryland’s New Collaborative Law Statute

Maryland’s New Collaborative Law Statute: Can It Be Effective In Elder Law and Disability Law Cases? An article for the MSBA Elder law and Disability Rights Section’s newsletter written by Ellen A. Callegary, Esq.

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Special Education Handbook

“Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to participate in or contribute to society. Improving educational results for children with disabilities is an essential element of our national policy of ensuring equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.”

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How Can I Help When My Child Has Been Bullied?

According to the US Department of Education, forty-six states now have antibullying laws in place, with eighteen providing specific protections to protect students with disabilities who are bullied. Maryland, along with New Jersey offers the broadest antibullying protections.

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Despite the law, too many schools fail to take bullying seriously

According to the Maryland State Department of Education, there were 3,818 incidents of bullying in Maryland schools during the 2009-2010 school year, and reports of bullying have been increasing over the past three years. The harmful results of this increased bullying are more than just bruised arms and hurt feelings.

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