Special Education L.A.W.

This is me in 2019 working in my official capacity at the Colorado Department of Education where I was employed for six years as a Dispute Resolution and Policy Specialist and a Senior Consultant. My primary responsibility for five of those years was to investigate formal state complaints brought on behalf of children who are entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education under the federal IDEA regulations. I was an IDEA state Complaints Officer. You can still read many of my written decisions on the state’s website. Currently, I work for the benefit of kids at Solid Ground Denver and VitalXchange. I am a career educator and high conflict mediator. I am focused on supporting the building of our school industry so it can actually provide children with a free appropriate public education that can flow easily into a dynamic and well skilled workforce. Lately I’ve been banging my head around inside the clogged pipes of our messed up Colorado healthcare and school to workforce pipeline for children with disabilities full time. It’s exhausting and frustrating and absolutely necessary. I’m also having fun playing with #cuescript and music. Lots of work to be done!

Badass (4t1t3s). I looked it up. There are a plethora (1s6c7m3sd) of definitions when I search the word on Google (7c7s6s). Personally, I prefer the definition provided by Urban Dictionary, which is “someone who becomes mentally stronger despite having lived through adversity.”

Nailed it.

This word has been coming up for me a lot. After a fair amount of consideration I have to say I’m a fan. Please consider my use of it to fall under this definition.

I’m not ashamed to use it. Forgive me if you’re offended. It is what it is.

In service of children and PEACE 1m3s ✌🏼,

Lisa A. Weiss, J.D.

Published by stuckinmybra

First and foremost, I am a mother, but I am also an education lawyer and policy specialist, an advocate, and an activist. I've been told by my closest friends that I am a fighter. My practice area is disabilities and education, which is where I have been practicing since 1999, before I had my own kids who are now teenagers and are all educationally identified as twice exceptional. I write about what is on my mind, which feels like a messy file system of old and constantly new information. I think about my kids and the people they are and how to help them become who they want to be in this world. I write about issues that affect deaf people because one of my kids is deaf. I write about giftedness, autism, trauma, inclusion, mental health and chronic illness because those are all things that affect my family. I write about my own life and the people in it. I hope what I write touches peoples hearts and opens people’s minds because I think people in our world need to have more understanding and compassion. I'm here to tell the straight up truth.

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