Richmond Advocacy Alone Cannot Fix Arlington’s Handling of Criminal Justice

By Juliet D. Hiznay, Attorney at Law

Published March 2019

There is a broad consensus among parents of children with disabilities, child advocates and attorneys that we need to transform Arlington’s approach to charging children and adults with crimes, particularly… Continue reading

Public Comment on Virginia’s Proposed Restraint and Seclusion Regulations

The following is a public comment written by Juliet D. Hiznay, Esq., and submitted to the Virginia Board of Education on November 15, 2016.

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I write to you as the parent of a Virginia public school student and as… Continue reading

Project Save Childhood: The Need to Improve School Climate in Virginia

The author, Juliet Hiznay, is a special education advocate and attorney in private practice in Northern Virginia. For information about her practice, visit http://jdhiznay.com/ 

The 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly may prove to be a… Continue reading

Ready or Not: Massive Diploma Changes Are Here for Virginia Students

The author, Juliet Hiznay, is a special education advocate and attorney in private practice in Northern Virginia. For information about her practice, visit http://jdhiznay.com/ 

A glutton for punishment, I spent most of today watching a live stream… Continue reading

A Rationing System: Waiting Lists for Medicaid Waiver Services in Virginia

The author, Juliet Hiznay, is a special education advocate and attorney in private practice in Northern Virginia. For information about her practice, visit http://jdhiznay.com/ 

All this talk in the national press about Medicare and Medicaid has me thinking about the state of things in Virginia for children with disabilities as it stands today. A short preview is: the state of things is appalling. We don’t have a rational system in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we have a rationing system. Yes, we are rationing care today. Continue reading

beating the summer blahs — kid-oriented activities for late summer

The author, Juliet Hiznay, is a special education advocate and attorney in private practice in Northern Virginia. For information about her practice, visit http://jdhiznay.com/ 

It’s almost August and this is about the time when summer starts to fray on nerves, at least that has been my experience. This is even more the case for families with children with special needs. Does this sound familiar? Your kids are off schedule, lack routine, have trouble occupying themselves (“I’m bored.”), tired of jumping from camp to camp, exhausted from traveling, irritable due to an overload of “fun” in the sun, staying up too late at night — because it is hard to go to sleep when it is still light out and who wants to miss the Summer Olympics? Continue reading