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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

Written on January 22, 2016 at 6:28 pm, by

IDEA Requirements The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 20 U.S.C. § 1400(d)(1)(A) 2012), requires states receiving federal education funds to provide a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) to all children with disabilities.1 This is the standard used in determining whether a child with disabilities is receiving appropriate educational services.  North Carolina receives federal education  Continue Reading »

Can I as a parent make medical decisions for my child if they are 18 years old and still in high school? What about my college student?

Written on January 14, 2016 at 9:23 pm, by

Problem Parents may know that their high schoolers usually see their doctor without the parent going back with the child to the examining room.  This is an indication about the eroding parental say in their child’s health care. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 and amendments provides individuals with privacy when  Continue Reading »

Social Security Benefits – Early Retirement and Disability Benefits

Written on January 6, 2016 at 6:55 pm, by

Retirement Age In 1983 Congress enacted legislation to increase the full retirement age from 65 to 67.  If you will be retiring in 2016, your full retirement age is 66.  If you were born after 1960, then your full retirement age is 67. (see for complete retirement age info) However, Congress did not change  Continue Reading »