GOOD NEWS FOR DISABLED STUDENTS
March 23, 2017
The Chief Justice summed up: “When all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing ‘merely more than de minimis’ [bare minimum] progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all. For children with disabilities receiving instruction that aims so low would be tantamount to sitting idly awaiting the time when they were old enough to drop out.”
Schools and Mental Health
September 19, 2016
When the Parent Has to Take Charge...
Chased By A Lion
September 14, 2016
Anxiety in children is so much more than just being anxious...
Demand for newly approved autism therapy may exceed certified Pa. providers
September 12, 2016
Josh Kershenbaum was interviewed for this compelling article addressing the challenges of securing ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) Therapy for kids. Newly covered under Medicaid in Pennsylvania, the demand will outweigh the availability of qualified professionals.
BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER
June 13, 2016
If you or someone you love might be suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) we urge you to watch this extraordinary documentary. There is hope!
School Vouchers and Students with Disabilities: Examining Impact in the Name of Choice
June 8, 2016
Frankel & Kershenbaum is proud to belong to COPAA, The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, "Protecting the Legal and Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities and their Families."
LEGO GROUP in DOYLESTOWN
May 9, 2016
Attention: Lego®-based Social Skills Group starting June 2016 in Doylestown, PA
Office for Civil Rights Annual Report
May 6, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights released its fiscal year 2015 annual report highlighting efforts during the last year to protect students’ civil rights and increase educational equity nationwide
At Last! A place to play...
March 28, 2016
COPAA Testifying January 11, 2016
January 11, 2016
FRANKEL & KERSHENBAUM, Lawyers for Kids and Families, are proud members of COPAA, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.
JOSH KERSHENBAUM quoted in the press
November 9, 2015
The Legal Intelligencer quoted Josh in today's article on Special Education Law Practices.
Kristy Asral joins firm
Frankel & Kershenbaum welcomes new Advocate, Special Education Consultant, Behavior Consultant
As schools and classrooms have become more inclusive, some schools are using the co teaching model in their classrooms. Many do not know what a co taught class looks like or the benefits it provides to the students. This interesting article takes a look at the co teaching model. A must read!
SUPER LAWYERS RISING STARS ARE HERE!
Dave Frankel & Josh Kershenbaum named SUPER LAWYERS RISING STARS 2015!
One Day More!
With this amazing kick-off to the new school year, we salute teachers everywhere!
Are you surprised?
"Straight Talk" Radio Interview
Radio interview with Dave, Josh and Maria answers so many questions about the rights of "special needs" children and how to help them reach their fullest potential.
Disturbing Video Shows Kentucky Officer Handcuff Crying Third-Grader At School
August 3, 2015
WASHINGTON -- A school resource officer in Kentucky handcuffed a crying third-grader with disabilities last year, according to a new video released by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Divorce in a Special Needs Family
The stakes are high. Understand a complicated process to make sure you truly act in your child’s best interest.
RACIAL DISPARITY IN SCHOOLS -- WE CAN HELP
July 28, 2015
This is a serious problem. Have you encountered this issue with your children? Frankel & Kershenbaum, Lawyers for Kids and Families, can help. Call 610-422-9200 or email Denise@mykidslawyer.com.
Public university out of bounds for requiring student athlete to practice...religion?
Michael D. Raffaele of Frankel & Kershenbaum and David Finger of Finger & Slanina are representing Ms. Mendieta to vindicate her First Amendment rights.
Support Michael Ross - Semi Colon Shirt
In support of our good friend, Michael Ross, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of stage 4 colon cancer in September of 2014. Over the past few months, he has had part of his colon removed and undergone intensive chemotherapy. Michael continues to work as a physician, and to work out as an athlete regularly. While the cancer has given him pause, it has not stopped him.
In cash-strapped School District, a hidden treasure trove of books
March 17, 2015
What a shame!
Philly students still learning English fuel opt-out movement from standardized tests
March 11, 2015
Students speaking up for students! Speaking truth to the absurdity and injustice of standardized tests that punish the most vulnerable.
O'Brien vows to improve services for autistic Philadelphians
February 3, 2015
Our great friend Denny O'Brien keeps getting greater helping kids and adults with Autism!
Congress OKs ABLE Act to give disabled greater financial independence
December 19, 2014
"Congress Passes ABLE ACT, which will help people with disabilities work, save and spend for their needs without losing public benefits! Read or listen to WHYY's report, featuring our very own Josh Kershenbaum.Click Here
October 8, 2014
New 3-part Keystone Exams discussed during forum in Radnor Township
FRANKEL & KERSHENBAUM WELCOMES ATTORNEY MICHAEL D. RAFFAELE
September 17, 2014
FRANKEL & KERSHENBAUM WELCOMES ATTORNEY MICHAEL D. RAFFAELE
Menendez, Smith autism bill goes to Obama
August 4, 2014
A bill to fund autism research and help young autistic people as they move into adulthood has cleared both chambers of Congress with backing from New Jersey’s U.S. Rep. Chris Smith and Sen. Robert Menendez.
Taking autistic kids out to a ball game
June 20 2014
Wendy is a great friend and colleague who has helped so many of our clients with special needs. We can't imagine a better person and a better organization than the Phillies teaming up to help kids with autism feel welcome in the community!
The quiet(er) drama of juvenile court
Judge Joseph Smyth presides in Montgomery County Juvenile Court, deciding the fate of teenagers and younger children. Many of the cases he hears are drug-related.
Settlement could bring stability for Philly's autistic students
May 20, 2014
Sharon Romero and her son Joshua, 11, who is autistic. He was one of four named plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit challenging the district's policy.
Special-education caseloads at Philly high school exceed legal limits, pushing teachers to quit
Josh is quoted in WHYY newsworks article on Special Education case loads exceeding legal limits at Philadelphia High Schools.
January 6, 2014
Because kids with special needs need a family vacation, too - Featuring Maria Vetter!
'We're Losing Our Little Boy': One Family's Heartbreaking Fight For Their Son's Education
'We're Losing Our Little Boy': One Family's Heartbreaking Fight For Their Son's Education
Supreme Court To Weigh IQ Cutoff For 'Intellectual Disability '
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to clarify the legal standard for intellectual disability in the case of a Florida death row inmate who is illiterate and was once judged to have severe impairments.
Trying to live up to special-ed law amid the Philly school budget crisis
October 16, 2013
Josh was interviewed on NPR about the school budget crisis in Philly and how it affects special education and kids with special needs. Bottom line – kids and families need our help more than ever.
As Search Goes On for Queens Boy With Autism, Adults at His School Face Questions
14 year old Avonte Oquendo, an autistic boy from Queens, walked out of his school on October 4th and hasn’t been seen since. Please read and spread the word!
Back on Campus to Experience Road Not Taken
Dave was featured in a recent New York Times article about adults returning to school to start second careers.
2013 Bureau of Autism Services Family and Individual Mini Grants
The Bureau of Autism Services of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare is pleased to announce the availability of mini-grants to support children and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and families that include an individual with ASD. Learn more…
HELP US HELP KIDS!
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A Child With Down Syndrome Keeps His Place at the Table
It's rare that our daily lives adhere to dramatic form. But as reported on Today.com/Moms (Waiter hailed as hero after standing up for boy with Down syndrome), among other places, a little morality play took shape a few days ago in a Houston restaurant.
The Newtown Tragedy and "Child Find" - Why Special Education is a Matter of Public Health and Safety
In the wake of the Newtown school shooting tragedy, Josh Kershenbaum talks with WHYY's Maiken Scott about the crucial role school districts play in the identification, evaluation and programming for students with mental and behavioral health needs.
IEP vs. 504: What's the Difference?
November 8, 2012
Check out Jennifer Nestle and Josh Kershenbaum's new article in Metrokids Magazine and learn about the important differences between 504 Plans and IEPs.
Josh Kershenbaum Discusses Proposed Changes to DSM Autism Definition with WHYY's Taunya English
January 24, 2012
Frankel & Kershenbaum attorney Josh Kershenbaum spoke with WHYY's Taunya English about the proposed changes to the DSM definition of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Independent Evaluations: Parents have no practical way to assert their legal right to an outside evaluation if they disagree with the school district's assessment."
January 11, 2012
Check out Dave Frankel and Josh Kershenbaum's latest article in MetroKids Magazine!
Sen. Harkin Introduces Keeping All Students Safe Act
December 16, 2011
If enacted, the Keeping All Students Safe in School Act (KASSA) will be the first federal law governing the use of restraint, seclusion and aversives in schools.
U.S. Department of Education Issues Comprehensive Report on State Bullying Laws and Policies
December 6, 2011
The U.S. Department of Education released today Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies, a new report summarizing current approaches in the 46 states with anti-bullying laws and the 41 states that have created anti-bullying policies as models for schools.
Interactive Autism Network (IAN) Launches Survey on Bullying and Autism
October 19, 2011
Are you a parent of a 6 to 15 year-old child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? If so, you can participate in an important new research study on autism and bullying. Click here to learn more.
Isakson Amendment Discriminates Against Students With Disabilities
October 18, 2011
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) plans to propose an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act of 2011 that would lower the academic expectations for students with disabilities. Please join us in urging Congress not to discriminate against students with disabilities. For more information about the Isakson Amendment and what you can do to oppose it, click here.
Dave Frankel Profiled in Delaware County Daily Times
October 10, 2011
Delaware County Daily Times television columnist Neal Zoren profiled attorney Dave Frankel recently. Zoren examined how Dave made the transition from television reporter, news anchor and weatherman to practicing Special Education Law and representing kids and their families.
Special Education Law Firm Frankel & Kershenbaum Supports Autism Speaks and Autism Advocacy throughout the Delaware Valley
September 28, 2011
On Sept. 24, 2011, the Montgomery County special education law firm of Frankel & Kershenbaum sponsored and participated in Walk Now for Autism Speaks in Philadelphia.
Josh Kershenbaum Urges Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners to Adopt Non-Discrimination Ordinance
September 27, 2011
Check out this article by Steve Strahs from Citizen's Call reporting on the recent meeting of the Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners, at which community members including Josh Kershenbaum urged the Commissioners to adopt a comprehensive non-discrimination ordinance. Click here for another article this meeting appeared in the Glenside Times Chronicle (by Luke Howard).
Special Education Law Firm Frankel & Kershenbaum Launches New Website
September 26, 2011
The Montgomery County special education law firm of Frankel & Kershenbaum is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, www.MyKidsLawyer.com.
2010 Special Needs Law Update
January 1, 2011
The past year was a relatively quiet one for special education law, but we celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) and the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the two most important federal laws protecting the rights of students with special needs.
Doylestown Bans Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People
August 17, 2010
We are happy to report that the Doylestown Borough Council has voted unanimously to extend its local anti-discrimination laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the new law prohibits discrimination against LGBT people in Doylestown in housing and employment, as well as in public accommodations.
Frankel & Kershenbaum Speak About Special Education Law on 98.1 WOGL & WHYY's Voices in The Family
August 14, 2010
The attorneys from the Law Offices of Frankel & Kershenbaum, LLC appeared on two Philadelphia radio programs in August 2010. Former television news personality turned attorney Dave Frankel and his law partner, Joshua M. Kershenbaum, appeared on the programs to discuss Special Education law.
Death of Autistic Bucks County Man Sounds Alarm for Parents
August 6, 2010
The death of Bryan Nevins once again raises the question that has long tormented parents of children with special needs, “How can I protect my child?” And for parents of children who might need the services of a residential treatment facility, this question carries special weight, as children living in RTFs are especially vulnerable, and their needs are among the most complex.
Frankel & Kershenbaum Named 2010 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
June 28, 2010
Dave Frankel and Josh Kershenbaum have both been selected as Rising Stars for inclusion on the list of 2010 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®.
Dave Frankel Hosts Alex's Lemonade Stand
June 28, 2010
Dave Frankel served as master of ceremonies for Alex's Original Lemonade Stand in Wynnewood, Pa. in June 2010.
The ABCs of ESY (Extended School Year)
June 22, 2010
Retaining skills over long breaks can be challenging for anyone. But for many children with special needs, a summer without school can cause devastating, and sometimes permanent setbacks, not only academically, but also behaviorally, socially and emotionally.
Federal Court Strikes Down California's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
April 6, 2010
In a landmark, 138-page decision, U.S. Federal District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker held that there was no rational basis for California’s ban on same-sex marriage and that the ban was, therefore, unconstitutional.
Big Wins for Special Needs: Autism Insurance Coverage and School Rights Expanded
March 1, 2010
In the Forest Grove case, the Court ruled that parents can sue their school district for private school tuition reimbursement even if their child never received special education services from the district.
Gay Parents in Pennsylvania Finally Get Equal Status in Custody Cases
February 5, 2010
Simply put, the Superior Court ruling will make it easier for gay parents in Montgomery County, Delaware County, Bucks County and throughout the Commonwealth to get custody of their children.