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Andy Faust Featured in Article on Section 504 and Restraint

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(New Britain, PA) - Andy Faust of Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams was featured in a recent article for www.specialedconnection.com entitled "Prevent use of restraint, whether by trained staff or in an emergency, from denying student FAPE." The piece focused on issues involving Section 504 and restraint, including:

  • How staff may need to use restraint to prevent harm to a student (or others)
  • That school entities should document any incidents involving restraint, and notify parent(s) or guardian(s)
  • A team should be convened to discuss if further assessment is necessary and review behavioral interventions

The Special Ed Connection team is comprised of special education attorneys, editors, journalists, and others who research federal statutes and regulations, legal cases, federal policies and news from all over the U.S. to share interpretations, applications, and tips.

Faust is a widely-recognized authority in the areas of special education, student services and child accounting, and student civil rights. He has represented school districts and intermediate units at every level of the federal and state judicial and administrative systems, lectured widely to audiences of educators and attorneys, and testified as an expert witness in court proceedings and before state and federal agencies. He regularly conducts onsite staff training to client schools and is the driving force behind the firm’s groundbreaking “Pool Counsel” service.

Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams, LLP was formed in 1995 by nine experienced education lawyers who created one of the first private law practices in Pennsylvania dedicated entirely to Education Law.  Since then, the firm has grown to 16 attorneys who represent over 290 school and municipal entities as Solicitors or as Special Counsel in more than 50 counties throughout Pennsylvania.