After a year-long and very public battle with Tenafly, NJ, on Facebook and via email with copies to hundreds in our community, we won in a big way.
There were no great celebrations because it wrecked our lives in many ways for the past year and we're just picking up the pieces but I would do it all over again - and get to the battle much more quickly and not let them slowly torture us like they did this time.
As a result of our experience I created The Special Education Bill of Rights - www.SpecialEducationBillofRights.org - and our local State Senator Loretta Weinberg, who is the Majority Leader, has sent it to Trenton for consideration of making it a bill.
One of the most important parts of the bill is our new initiative, www.SpecialDefenders.org, which is essentially providing public defenders to parents to help educate them on their rights and level the playing field against school districts.
Please help spread the word by Liking www.Facebook.com/Drive4Rebecca - we've grown from 200 to nearly 4000 followers in the past several weeks and are making connections to help many families.
Thank you for your interest and support.
Jon "Driven" Singer
Help make sure no child with special needs gets left behind (tm)
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To continue to help parents of children and young adults with special needs, after meeting with our local police chief and donating copies of The Special Needs Parent Handbook, we have asked him to put us in touch with the appropriate state contact who is in charge of sensitivity training initiatives for New Jersey Police.
We are offering to donate copies of the book to every police department in the state to supplement their training and to be available as a resource for officers that have children with special needs or for anyone in the community that would like to access the book as an extension of the Advocacy4All Library Donation Program.
Our goal is to expand this to police departments around the country and we will report on our results.