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Susan Stone

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Susan C. Stone is the head of the Education practice group at McCarthy Lebit. She has a strong litigation background that includes representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts involving criminal defense, employment issues and other forms of negligence and contract disputes. Susan has spearheaded McCarthy Lebit’s Education practice to encompass, among other topics, special education law, including due process complaints and the negotiation of IEPs and 504 plans.

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Words Matter When it Comes to Learning Issues

Ages & Stages Education Special Needs

Attending an IEP or 504 plan meeting can be intimidating for parents. Walking into a crowded office with an intervention specialist, a classroom teacher, the school  principal, the director of special education and a speech therapist compounds the overwhelming concern for the immediate situation. Does your child have a learning disability? What special actions must be taken? How will this positively or negatively affect your child’s attitude toward school or the future? read more

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Is Your Student with Special Needs in the Right School?

Ages & Stages Education Special Needs

Midway through the school year is a good time to evaluate your child’s academic progress. You might be concerned about your child’s current school environment. Not all children can handle a typical education environment. Alternatively, you might be concerned about your child’s education plan. read more

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Understanding the Differences Between an IEP and a 504 Plan

Ages & Stages Education Special Needs

If your child has a learning disability or requires accommodations to learn in the classroom, there are a host of specialized services available to your child under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Understanding what your child qualifies for and how to access those services can be a challenge. However, below is a snapshot to help understand those services. read more

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