Advocating for Your Child with Dysgraphia
November 22, 2022 at 12pm ET
Jennifer D. Laviano, Esq. & Julie Swanson
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
This webinar will feature representatives from the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and will cover advocacy principles including how to advocate for your child at IEP meetings, when you need a professional advocate, and what to know when choosing an advocate.
About the Speakers:
Attorney Jennifer Laviano
Attorney Jennifer Laviano is in private practice in Connecticut. Ms. Laviano holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and she earned her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut.
Ms. Laviano has dedicated her law practice entirely to the representation of children and adolescents with disabilities whose families are in disagreement with their public school districts. Her representation of children with special needs encompasses the full spectrum of Civil Rights advocacy under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), from attendance at IEP Team meetings and Mediation, to zealous and experienced litigation in Due Process Hearings and Federal Court.
Ms. Laviano is a regular presenter, both locally and nationally, on the subject of the special legal rights of children with disabilities and their entitlement to receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education. Ms. Laviano is on the Board of Directors of COPAA, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, which is the leading national voice on special education rights and advocacy. Ms. Laviano represents children with special needs throughout the State of Connecticut.
Parent Advocate Julie Swanson
Parent Advocate Julie Swanson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism Broadcasting from the University of Bridgeport, and her Master’s Degree in Educational Media from Fairfield University. After her son was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Ms. Swanson returned to school to obtain a Degree as a Disability Specialist.
Ms. Swanson is a founding board member of Connecticut Families for Effective Autism Treatment (CT_FEAT), is an Executive Board Member of the State of Connecticut department of Education’s Advisory Council on Special Education, and is a member of the Council of Parent Attorney’s and Advocates (COPAA), where she serves as Co-Chair of the Media Relations Committee. She has been representing children with disabilities throughout the State of Connecticut as a special education advocate since 1997, and maintains her own advocacy business, Your Special Child, LLC.