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Special Needs School Employee Charged with Abuse of Special Needs Student in Broward County

August 17, 2012 – Broward County, FL – An employee of an alternative education school in Davie has been released from jail on bond after being charged with two counts of child abuse. Allegedly, the school employee, David Baier, mistreated … Continue reading

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Class Certified in Cigna Autism Treatment Suit

On August 12, 2011 a Federal Judge in Pennsylvania entered an Order certifying a class of individuals who claim that Cigna Corporation improperly denied coverage for Autism treatment. The Order represents a major victory for parents with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The representative Plaintiff, Kristopher Churchill, is a parent of … Continue reading

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Class Certification Granted Against Blue Cross/Blue Shield Over Denial of ABA Therapy for Autism

On July 14, 2011 a Federal Judge in Detroit, Michigan entered an Order granting parents with autistic children class certification against Blue Cross/ Blue Shield for denying coverage of autism treatment. The Order represents a major victory for parents with … Continue reading

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Florida Officials Struggle with School Restraint Rule: Boca Raton Attorney Adam Balkan Quoted for Feature Case

Boca Raton personal injury and child abuse attorney Adam Balkan was quoted as an expert source for a Florida Associated Press story looking at state schools and how they view restraint and seclusion laws. Mr. Balkan is a leading attorney … Continue reading

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Protect Florida’s Students Against Abuse through Aversives, Restraint and Seclusions

The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network has started a petition to send to members of the Florida Department of Education to promote change that will prevent and protect students, especially special needs students, from abuse through aversives, restraint and seclusions. Currently, the … Continue reading

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National Autism Association and Families Against Restraint & Seclusion – Working to Revise our Laws to Protect Children

The National Autism Association (NAA) along with 12 other organizations launched a campaign this week to spur letter writing and raise awareness about dangerous restraint and seclusion practices in schools. For more information, click here to visit the blog for … Continue reading

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Michigan Class Action Called Landmark Settlement for Autism Treatment

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan has agreed to settle a class action case with about 100 families for a total of $1 million to reimburse expenses they paid for autism testing and treatment. It has been an ongoing … Continue reading

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Balkan & Patterson LLP Secures Settlement for Family of Special Needs Student Abused and Violently Restrained by Behavioral Analyst at Oak Hammock K-8 School

The personal injury law firm of Balkan & Patterson settled a lawsuit this week against the St. Lucie School Board on behalf of a family whose child was abused by his behavioral analyst at Oak Hammock K-8 school. The amount … Continue reading

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Congressional Hearing Finds Rampant Abuse in Public, Private Schools

Every day, it seems there are more cases of abuse and mistreatment of students by their teachers and peers, regardless of whether it’s a private or a public school. Yesterday, a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) was released … Continue reading

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