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New Autism Speaks Guide Helps Parents Better Understand and Navigate the IEP Process

Autism Speaks today released Individualized Education Program (IEP): Summary, Process and Practical Tips, a free, new online guide that

August 23, 2011

New York, N.Y. (August 23, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today released Individualized Education Program (IEP): Summary, Process and Practical Tipsa free, new online guide that provides parents with important and reliable information and advice about navigating the IEP process, created by a team of pro bono lawyers at Goodwin Procter. 

Viewpoint: The Burden of Deciding

Who Has The Burden of Proof
April 23, 2007


By Gary S. Mayerson, Autism Speaks Board Member,
Founding Partner, Mayerson & Associates


In Shaeffer v. Weast, the newly constituted Supreme Court is considering an issue that goes right to the heart of procedural and substantive due process rights:

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High Court Hears Crucial IEP Case

April 23, 2007

When a school district and the parents of a child with special needs — such as kids with autism — can't agree on how the student will be taught under an individualized education plan, who then is responsible for proving that so-called IEP is or isn't good enough?

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Supreme Court Rules for Schools in

IEP 'Burden of Proof' Case
April 23, 2007


The Supreme Court has ruled in the closely watched Schaffer v. Weast case that parents challenging special education plans must themselves prove a better "individualized education plan" is needed for their children.

Below, read the Supreme Court decision, wire and newspaper reports. Plus, read an opinion piece from Autism Speaks board member Gary S. Mayerson about the need for a congressional response to the ruling. Also see our initial coverage of Oct. 5 oral arguments before the high court.

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