The Special Ed Files

If you're touched in any way by the life of a child with a disability, this podcast is for you. Each week, hosts Julie Swanson and Jennifer Laviano pull back the curtain on what really happens in special education. The Special Ed Files will explore real-world examples in special education, explain where mistakes were made, explain where the law was violated, and help listeners avoid making these mistakes. The podcast hopes to demystify the federal law that governs special education, and change the lives of children with disabilities by empowering the adults who work with them.

This podcast is a production of the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio, and the first season was produced by Bryan Murphy. The second season is produced by Paul Ashton. To learn more about Julie and Jen's work, visit YourSpecialEducationRights.com. Executive producer is David DesRoches, director of community programming.

Education
Comedy
Social Sciences
1
File No. 18: Endrew and the Supremes
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano discuss the United States Supreme Court case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.
37 min
2
File No. 17: Ricky and the Restraint
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano are joined by Stephanie, Ricky's mom, who discuss about Ricky, a child who has experiences of being restrained by the adults in his public school program.
39 min
3
File No. 16: Poppy is a Pain in the Neck
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano, along with guest Robin Fox, discuss the story of Poppy, a third grade student with ADHD who is always in repeatedly violating other her peer’s physical and social boundaries.
34 min
4
File No. 15: Lenny and the Locker
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano, along with guest Robin Fox, discuss the story of Lenny is a high school student diagnosed with Aspergers disorder who was being mistreated by his peers and was mistaking it for friendship.
37 min
5
File No. 14: Shanika and the Set Up
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano discuss the story of Shanika, a 5 year old whose neurological impairments required her to have a highly trained para professional, but issues with the school and its paperwork began to pop up along the way.
24 min
6
File No. 13: Danny and the Device
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano discuss the story of Danny, an 8 year old with cerebral palsy and extremely limited communication skills, and how his parents tried to secure a communication device for him.
26 min
7
File No. 12: Cai and the Cover Up
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano discuss the story of Cai, a teenage girl with anxiety, and her case of how something was’t adding up with the school when it came to her completed language report.
28 min
8
File No. 11: Devorah and the Demotion
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano discuss the story of Devorah, an 18-year-old with Williams' syndrome, who is excited to move onto transition programming. The problem is that the school district insists she attend the district’s program housed in a wing of Devorah’s elementary school.
37 min
9
File No. 10: Pablo and the Principal
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano discuss the story of Pablo, a 7th grade student with an anxiety disorder exhibiting aggressive behaviors with students and staff and even escalating to escaping the building.
39 min
10
File No. 9: Pavit and the Pill Pushers
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano discuss the story of Pavit, an elementary schooler with ADHD and is a struggling reader. The school team insisted his inability to sustain attention is at the heart of his reading challenges and encouraged his parents to medicate Pavit.
27 min
11
File No. 8: Gigi and the Gaslighters
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano discuss the story of Gigi, a 6 year old girl with autism, whose parents were concerned about a dangerous behavior that her school team claimed was not happening.
37 min
12
File No. 7: The Rogers and the Recording
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano discuss the story of a 4th grader whose parents suspected he had a reading disability, and how their inadvertent recording of a discussion among the school team resulted in getting him an outside evaluation.
35 min
13
File No. 6: Julie and the Jarring Note
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano discuss Julie's uphill battle when her own son was diagnosed with autism and the shocking note she discovered when she obtained his educational records.
39 min
14
File No. 5: Felicia and the Phone
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano discuss the incident of a child with Down Syndrome who was tasked with learning how to properly use the phone in order to prepare herself for the world being high school.
29 min
15
File No. 4: Marco and the Meeting
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano discuss the incident of a child with ADHD who was frequenting the nurse's office to avoid class, and the brave actions of the nurse who advocated for him.
34 min
16
File No. 3: Tina and the Tree
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano discuss the incident of a child with Autism whose family did not feel as though she was getting the attention from her paraprofessional that she needed.
31 min
17
File No. 2: Bobby and the Balloon
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano discuss the incident of a child with cerebral palsy who was overlooked at an important elementary school event as so many students with disabilities are.
31 min
18
File No. 1: Mary and the Needle
Julie Swanson and Jen Laviano discuss the incident of a child with Autism who was almost given another student's insulin shot from a substitute school nurse and how it led to her displacement from her school.
37 min
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Introducing The Special Ed Files
A podcast for anyone touched by the lives of children with disabilities, with hosts Julie Swanson and Jennifer Laviano
1 min