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What to Put in Your Toolbox Before Starting the New School Year

What to put in your toolbox before and at the beginning of the school year?  This article featured in the Fall 2022 issue of Spectrum Life Magazine by Diane Wiscarson and Carly Cannon talk about the importance of your ABC’s and D’s.  Read more about Being Aware, Breathing, Communicating, and Documenting with respect to your IEP team and the start of a new school year. These techniques can be used whether or…

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Judge Orders Medford School District to Reimburse Family

Mail Tribune published an article on August 15, 2022, regarding a triumph by a family, represented by Wiscarson Law, over Medford School District in a Due Process Hearing. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) found that the District had violated the Student’s right to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) between 2019-2021. The District was ordered to reimburse the family $91,223.61 for…

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Medford School District Due Process Ruling

Wiscarson Law attorneys, Diane Wiscarson and Taylar Lewis, recently represented a Medford School District family in Due Process litigation. After a week-long hearing, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) found in the Student’s favor. The ALJ determined that the District failed to evaluate the Student, failed to properly identify the Student in all areas of suspected disability, failed to provide an…

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Exams! Exams! Exams! 

In the Summer 2022 issue of SpectrumLife Magazine, Diane Wiscarson and Carly Cannon walk families through the process of statewide assessments and college entrance exams. The article discusses whether or not students have to participate in statewide assessments to graduate and what alternatives to statewide assessments are available in Oregon and Washington. Additionally, the article goes through how to arrange accommodations…

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Navigating Educational Services with Staffing Shortages

In the Spring 2022 issue of SpectrumLife Magazine, Diane Wiscarson and Taylar Lewis explain what obligations school districts have to students – even when they lack staff to provide services to students. The article offers a series of suggestions that parents can follow to obtain make-up services for students who were denied services as a result of the unavailability of staff.…

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KATU News Project Education Investigation Part Three

In the third part of its Project Education story, KATU News reports on additional information regarding Lincoln County School District’s separate school proposal to serve student Sequoia Chavez, who has Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) and her needs for a total-food secure environment. The report discusses the specific building proposed for the District’s “public separate school”, which was formerly Arcadia School in…

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KATU News Project Education Investigation Part One

On May 18th, 2022, KATU News aired its first of a three-part story about a mother and her daughter’s legal battle with the Lincoln County School District for a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Sequoia Chavez is a high schooler with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), which results in her having a constant sensation of insatiable hunger. Seeing, smelling, or even speaking…

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Wiscarson Law’s Story Featured in SpectrumLife Magazine

In the Winter 2021 issue of SpectrumLife Magazine, Karen Krejcha wrote a feature article presenting Diane Wiscarson and Wiscarson Law’s story as a tribute to the articles the law firm has written and the impact the law firm has had on students with disabilities over the years. The article discusses why Diane Wiscarson started Wiscarson Law and what pressing issues…

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