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Apple Payne Law, PLLC is honored to announce that firm attorney & partner Ronald D. Payne II was selected for the third straight year to the North Carolina Family Law Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to [...]

A Prayer for our teachers

As we start back to school here in North Carolina, I'm reminded of my days in the classroom and of the victories and struggles that lie ahead. As many of you know, my wife is also a teacher and Mary is a former teacher and likewise married to a teacher. We also have our own [...]
Last week, we wrote about David Bowie. This past Sunday, we had the privilege of watching the biggest game of the year, Super Cam Newton celebrating with a young fan Bowl 50, among 15 or so of our family and friends. When it was all said and done, unfortunately my Carolina Panthers lost, but not until [...]
While most people would prefer to have an attorney represent them in court, it isn’t always an option. Especially if you or your spouse/opposing party/etc. are accusing the other of deceit, hiding things, etc., or involves complex things such as ownership of a small business, a retainer for an attorney can be anywhere from $5,000 [...]

Children with learning disabilities and other special needs are bullied at nearly twice the rate of mainstream students and are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of being a victim of bullying. Where students suffer from both a learning disability and peer victimization, this combination “may have separate and additive effects, substantially heightening these children’s chance of experiencing social and emotional problems.” When a child with learning disabilities becomes a victim of bullying, intervention on behalf of the child is necessary and should involve a coordinated effort between the child’s school, home, and community.

Throughout the crowd, the air was filled with encouragement, the joy of watching children freely play without the weight of the concerns which normally dominate their days, and celebration of these kids’ potential. Though the disabilities faced by the athletes differed, the families in attendance were united by their shared experience of raising a child (or children) with a disability and having become a part of the world of IEPs, therapies, and educational services commonly known as the IDEA.

In addition to federal protections, state level constitutional, statutory, and common law protections exist for autistic children. In the area of education law, budgetary pressures combined with rising rates of autism and the struggle between the two primary views of autism are likely to influence legal developments in this area.

Many state and federal laws may affect the education of an autistic child. The primary federal laws impacting autistic children in schools include: (1) the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”); (2) the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”); (3) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (“Section 504”); and (4) the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).