Celebrating Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Celebrating Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Initially recognized in the 1980s, Down Syndrome Awareness Month is now celebrated throughout the month of October every year. As one of the most prevalent intellectual disabilities, over 400,000 people are living with down syndrome throughout the US. Living With Down...
How to Stop Bullying in New Jersey Schools – Part 6

How to Stop Bullying in New Jersey Schools – Part 6

In today’s How to Stop Bullying in New Jersey Schools article, we are going to focus on preventing the bullying of children with special health care needs. There is a multitude of different special health care needs, and unfortunately, the children who have them are...
Fighting for Compensatory Education

Fighting for Compensatory Education

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many students with special needs were denied access to the special education services required to facilitate a beneficial learning environment. Virtual classes were not adequate for the majority of students. In-person instruction is vital...
The Different Types of Residential Placement

The Different Types of Residential Placement

There are a few options that New Jersey offers in regard to residential placement for children and adults with special needs. In this article, we are going to discuss the three primary types of residential placement, pointing out the key differences. Group Homes Group...
How to Stop Bullying in New Jersey Schools – Part 5

How to Stop Bullying in New Jersey Schools – Part 5

In our latest How to Stop Bullying in New Jersey Schools article, we are going to discuss some of the legal civil rights that children with special needs have to support them. However, even with the law on their side, the bullying of children with special needs still...
Help Pass Billy Cray’s Law

Help Pass Billy Cray’s Law

A few years ago, Billy Cray was found dead in his bedroom closet at the New Jersey group home he resided in. At only 33 years old and dealing with a severe developmental disability, Billy had been lying dead for over seven hours before a staff member discovered him...
How to Stop Bullying in New Jersey Schools – Part 4

How to Stop Bullying in New Jersey Schools – Part 4

In our newest How to Stop Bullying in New Jersey Schools article, we are going to talk about how the unique conditions of children with special needs impact each child differently, requiring diversified approaches to meet their needs. Developing a better understanding...
Applying for Guardianship in New Jersey

Applying for Guardianship in New Jersey

Having gone through this process with my son Aidan, I am personally knowledgeable on all aspects of the guardianship application process and have helped clients and their families attain the support they deserve. While navigating the guardianship process on your own...
Simplifying Residential Placement in New Jersey

Simplifying Residential Placement in New Jersey

Securing quality residential placement for children and adults with special needs in New Jersey may seem like a daunting process. At the Law Offices of Johanna G. Burke, we can work with our clients and their family members every step of the way to ensure they find...
Fighting for Safety in New Jersey Group Homes

Fighting for Safety in New Jersey Group Homes

As I have previously discussed, finding quality group homes in New Jersey is often more difficult than it should be. This issue directly correlates to a case I am currently litigating. Too Little Too Late Perkins Lane Group Home in Burlington County, New Jersey is set...