Disciplinary Protections for Children with

Judy 2 By Attorney Judith C. Saltzman


Students with disabilities are entitled to special protections against discipline not afforded to the general student population. Current regulations on discipline (34 CFR 300.530) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ("IDEA") stem from the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Honig v. Doe (1988) that prohibited certain disciplinary actions that result in a change of placement for a student with a disability.


The change of placement rule determines... 


From Our Blog: The Perfect Marriage

I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me, "What's a social worker doing in a law firm?" To be honest, it was just that question that led me to my first job interview with Hickman & Lowder nearly four and a half years ago.


Attention Must Be Given to Special Needs Graduation
Published in the February 14, 2014, issue of Cleveland Jewish News

Does this sound familiar? 


Your school gives your developmentally disabled 18-year-old 20 academic credits for years spent in the resource room, and obtains her written consent to an Individualized Education Program providing for graduation with a regular education diploma at age 19. You want your child to receive services until she is 22.


What must you know to protect your child?


February 2014 Issue 



OSBA Certified Paralegal Christy Zeyer recently received recognition from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for her excellent work on behalf of a client.


Care Coordinator Terry Fries-Maloy, MSW, LISW, is now a Certified Elder Care Coordinator.




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New Column:
Sonja's Suggestions

As our Receptionist, Sonja Kraljevic frequently speaks with clients about everything from the weather to their family histories.  During these conversations, she often hears about challenges they are facing, as well.  Over time, she has noticed that people often have similar needs and concerns, so she decided to start a new monthly column with simple suggestions based on the topics trending in the reception area of our Cleveland office. 


A recent conversation with a client about the polar vortex made me stop and think.  I found myself worrying about people who are stuck in their house because they can't get out of their driveway or because they are afraid they may slip and fall on the ice. I mean, how would they get to the grocery store or to the drug store if they weren't able to leave the house? The idea that some stores may still do home deliveries came to me. So, my suggestions are:


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