10 episodes

From seasoned Special Education Law Attorney Tracey Spencer Walsh comes an innovative and thought-provoking podcast determined to provide families with the most relevant, powerful, and beneficial information in the world of special needs and civil rights law. It’s Special offers an informative and thoughtful blend of real-world insight, advice, and anecdotes from top leaders and experts. With over twenty-five years of expertise, Tracey dives deeper into the world of special needs and civil rights law to give parents the relevant and supportive information they crave and need.

It's Special Tracey Spencer Walsh

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From seasoned Special Education Law Attorney Tracey Spencer Walsh comes an innovative and thought-provoking podcast determined to provide families with the most relevant, powerful, and beneficial information in the world of special needs and civil rights law. It’s Special offers an informative and thoughtful blend of real-world insight, advice, and anecdotes from top leaders and experts. With over twenty-five years of expertise, Tracey dives deeper into the world of special needs and civil rights law to give parents the relevant and supportive information they crave and need.

    Lori Podvesker, Director of Disability and Education Policy, INCLUDEnyc

    Lori Podvesker, Director of Disability and Education Policy, INCLUDEnyc

    “From people not interacting and not being exposed we come to make assumptions which are often false and that contributes to the way that people with disabilities are valued."

    Lori is the Director of Disability and Education Policy at the nonprofit INCLUDEnyc, where she has led initiatives for more transparency, accountability, and improved outcomes for New York City students with disabilities. She is also a member of the New York State Commissioner’s Advisory Panel for Special Education Services, which advises the New York State Office of Special Education to the Governor, Legislature, and Commissioner, on the unmet educational needs of students with disabilities. Lori is the former Vice-Chair of the Panel for Educational Policy of the New York City Department of Education, also known as the New York City Board of Education. Prior to these roles, Lori taught both general and special education in public and non-public schools in New York City and Newark, NJ. She lives in Brooklyn and has a 19-year-old son with developmental disabilities who attends a District 75 program on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

    More information about INCLUDEnyc here >> https://includenyc.org/


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    • 57 min
    Órla Mannion, Senior Public Affairs Executive in the Dublin Chamber of Commerce

    Órla Mannion, Senior Public Affairs Executive in the Dublin Chamber of Commerce

    “I think Ireland at the moment is trying to strike that balance between respecting and honoring things like the Irish language, which is coming back with a vengeance at the moment and is becoming a very trend thing to become involved with, you know, and very kind of old Irish, but then also bring forward very new elements. I would hope that that continues and that reflects and moves forward to special education provision in Ireland.”

    Host and Special Education Law Attorney Tracey Spencer Walsh speaks with Órla Mannion, Senior Public Affairs Executive in the Dublin Chamber of Commerce,  about what it’s like for children with disabilities in Ireland and their education system.

    Tracey’s entire career has led up to this moment. Bringing her over twenty-five years of expertise in the legal industry to the air waves, Tracey dives deeper into the world of special needs and civil rights law to give parents the relevant and supportive information they crave and need, without having to sift through a mountain of articles or paperwork. It’s about cutting through the constant noise, pulling the most important tidbits out, and absorbing key advice and anecdotes that help you and your child excel on their journey.


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    • 48 min
    Dr. Ivy Feldman, Executive Director at The Keswell School

    Dr. Ivy Feldman, Executive Director at The Keswell School

    “Autism is a disorder of communication. So, it’s difficult for individuals with autism sometimes to communicate in a way where they’re understood, or they can advocate for themselves. In other ways, their communication is the most honest and genuine communication.”

    Host and Special Education Law Attorney Tracey Spencer Walsh speaks with Dr. Ivy Feldman, Executive Director at The Keswell School, about autism as a spectrum disorder and the misconceptions around autism.

    Tracey’s entire career has led up to this moment. Bringing her over twenty-five years of expertise in the legal industry to the air waves, Tracey dives deeper into the world of special needs and civil rights law to give parents the relevant and supportive information they crave and need, without having to sift through a mountain of articles or paperwork. It’s about cutting through the constant noise, pulling the most important tidbits out, and absorbing key advice and anecdotes that help you and your child excel on their journey.

    For more information about The Keswell School, visit https://www.keswellschool.org/.


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    • 31 min
    Jodi Liston, President and Managing Director of Harris Kramer & Liston

    Jodi Liston, President and Managing Director of Harris Kramer & Liston

    "I'm a problem solver. I don't easily take no for an answer. So when I was unhappy with what was being provided to me, through my school district and through my experience with my children and I continued to seek alternatives, it was through that experience that led me to be able to help my own children and to obtain for them the free and appropriate education that they were entitled."

    Host and Special Education Law Attorney Tracey Spencer Walsh speaks with Jodi Liston, President and Managing Director of Harris Kramer & Liston, about how parents and families can advocate for their children to receive free and appropriate education they are entitled.

    Tracey’s entire career has led up to this moment. Bringing her over twenty-five years of expertise in the legal industry to the air waves, Tracey dives deeper into the world of special needs and civil rights law to give parents the relevant and supportive information they crave and need, without having to sift through a mountain of articles or paperwork. It’s about cutting through the constant noise, pulling the most important tidbits out, and absorbing key advice and anecdotes that help you and your child excel on their journey.

    For more information about Harris Kramer & Liston, visit https://www.harriskramer.com/.


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    • 44 min
    Bill DeHaven, Head of School at Villa Maria School

    Bill DeHaven, Head of School at Villa Maria School

    “What’s the common thread that brings all the families together? And it’s, we’re worried, we are afraid for our kids, we know that we’ve got smart capable kids, but they can’t read.”

    Host and Special Education Law Attorney Tracey Spencer Walsh speaks with Bill DeHaven, Head of School at Villa Maria School in Stamford, Connecticut, about the importance of a small student to teacher ratio for students with learning challenges and language impairment.

    Tracey’s entire career has led up to this moment. Bringing her over twenty-five years of expertise in the legal industry to the air waves, Tracey dives deeper into the world of special needs and civil rights law to give parents the relevant and supportive information they crave and need, without having to sift through a mountain of articles or paperwork. It’s about cutting through the constant noise, pulling the most important tidbits out, and absorbing key advice and anecdotes that help you and your child excel on their journey.

    For more information about Villa Maria School, visit http://villamariaschool.org/. 


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    • 42 min
    Leah Madamba MS, NCC, LCMHC, Family Services Director at Trails Carolina

    Leah Madamba MS, NCC, LCMHC, Family Services Director at Trails Carolina

    “I would love to see family’s reach out earlier for support, somehow have a system in place where there’s not that stigma and they feel okay asking for help when things first have started to happen. You know, so that they get connected with help and they talk to other parents that are in it too.”

    Host and Special Education Law Attorney Tracey Spencer Walsh speaks with Leah Madamba, MS, NCC, LCMHC, and Family Services Director at Trails Carolina about how wilderness therapy programs can provide a safe space for struggling children and adolescents as an alternative to traditional treatments; and the significant impact these programs can make on families and their children suffering with mental health or behavioral challenges.

    Tracey’s entire career has led up to this moment. Bringing her over twenty-five years of expertise in the legal industry to the air waves, Tracey dives deeper into the world of special needs and civil rights law to give parents the relevant and supportive information they crave and need, without having to sift through a mountain of articles or paperwork. It’s about cutting through the constant noise, pulling the most important tidbits out, and absorbing key advice and anecdotes that help you and your child excel on their journey.

    For more information about Trails Carolina, visit https://trailscarolina.com/. 

    National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs: https://natsap.org/

    Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council: https://obhcouncil.org/


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    • 41 min

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