Join The Campaign To End Restraint & Seclusion Abuse In Schools

STOP HURTING KIDS | maher law firm

Stop Hurting Kids is the national campaign to end restraint and seclusion abuse in schools. Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories (working title) is a new film by Dan Habib, Filmmaker at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. In the film, Jino Medina, Brianna Hammon, Helena Stephenson and Peyton Goddard describe the restraint and [...]

Special Needs Children Left Without Choices

Florida education centers that serve severely disabled students received ‘F’ grades from the state for 2012 The A-to-F school grading system is a measure of the individual public schools quality. In an article by, Lauren Roth and Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel – An ‘F’ grade school is required to offer students transfers to better-performing schools. [...]

Keeping All Students Safe Act (HR 1893)

On May 9, Congressman George Miller (D-CA), ranking member of the House Education & Workforce Committee and Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS) introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act, HR 1893, a bill to protect all students nationwide from restraint and seclusion. Please CALL your members of Congress and ask them to Cosponsor and Support the [...]

Developmentally Disabled Teen Ends The Season On A High Note

Steve Hartman of CBS reports on a developmentally disabled teen named Mitchell Marcus from Coronado Highschool in Al Paso Texas. Mitchell, who has always loved basketball is part of the Coronado Highschool basketball team called the ‘Thunderbirds’.  As team manager, Mitchell’s coach Peter Morales, makes no qualms about who is his favorite on the team, [...]

Special Education Students

“I believe it’s time for a paradigm shift in the field of special education.” In an article by Thomas Armstrong, a former Special Education Teacher, Mr. Armstrong writes about his “excitement and hope that he could really make a difference in the lives of students with special needs.”  Although after becoming a special education teacher [...]

Students With Disabilities Need Sports

Disabled Children Sports Schools | The Maher Law Firm

Exercise in itself is a vital part of growth and development for all human beings. In an article by Tracy Connor, Sr. Staff Writer, NBC News – Tracy highlights the seemingly simple fact that children with disabilities need sports just as students without disabilities need sports. The “New Order” from the Education Department says athletics [...]

Bella Herrera | Special Needs Child Remembered

Herrera Family | Special Needs Children

“Lisa and Dennis Herrera remember daughter Bella not as a disabled child but as a happy 7-year-old who loved Barbie and the color pink. She died last January after losing oxygen during a school bus ride. The pink tree was purchased in her memory.”  - Rob Shaw, The Tampa Tribune – RIVERVIEW – When Bella [...]

Special Needs Children

special needs children | The Maher Law Firm

Isabella (Bella) died at the hands of the Hillsborough County School District Bella Herrera, a 7 year old second grader at the Hillsborough County School District died a day after a bus ride home from school. Bella was a special needs child who suffered from a neuromuscular disease that gave her very limited control of [...]

Special Needs Child Dies

What happened to 7 year old Bella is unacceptable. This is the kind of systemic problem we want to fight.  Bella is a special needs child who died while riding on a school bus.  The Hillsborough County school district is being sued by the parents of a 7 year old little girl (Bella Herrera) who [...]

A Special Needs Child Dies During A School Bus Ride

Special Needs Children | The Maher Law Firm

A 7 year old little girl with special needs dies during a school bus ride MEDIA RELEASE “The parents of a 7-year-old Sessums Elementary School special needs student who died in January on a school bus transporting her home are suing the Hillsborough County School District over their daughter’s death. Lisa and Dennis Herrera claim [...]