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Law Office of Anne I. Treimanis, LLC Anne I. Treimanis, attorney-at-law  /  161 East Avenue, Suite 104, Norwalk, CT 06851  /  Tel: (203) 838-5485  /  Fax: (203) 838-4222  /       AttorneyTreimanis@gmail.com  /   www.spedlawyers.com   /  www.spednet.org

My primary mission is to zealously advocate for individuals with disabilities, focusing on appropriate education in the least restrictive environment. I strive to empower parents and professionals with information and skills to ensure that all students have access to high quality education.

I strive to empower self-advocates with the strategies  they need to take their rightful place in our community. I am an attorney whose  practice is limited to Special Education issues, Section 504 matters, Americans  with Disability Act (ADA)  violations, and other disability discrimination cases. I also feel privileged to represent students who are LGBT who are facing discrimination issues. I also have successfully  appealed Social Security Disability matters for individuals with disabilities.

I WILL FIGHT DISCRIMINATION,  WHEREVER IT REARS IT’S UGLY HEAD!!

Experience 1989 – present   Attorney, Author, Professor, Disability Activist,  Educational Surrogate

Opened private law  office in Norwalk, Connecticut in 2002, focusing my practice on students with  disabilities who have been denied an appropriate education. Experience in IEP  meetings, 504 meetings, mediation, due process, and manifestation determinations. Some  of my time is spent advocating for LGBT students as well as adults with disabilities.   Co-Author of IEP  and Inclusion Tips for Parents and Teachers. Written with Kathleen Whitbread,  Ph.D. (2006). Attainment Company.   Popular local,  state-wide, national, and international  presenter and trainer on special education legal rights, disability  discrimination, IDEA, FERPA,  Section 504, ADA, and NCLB.  Author and facilitator of Mock IEPs, performing throughout The United States.

Executive Director and founder of SPED*NET New Canaan, a monthly forum focused  on special education and section 504 issues, providing monthly speakers,  state-wide conferences, extensive training courses, and state-wide listserv.  Created and maintain the website – www.spednet.org – winner of the CT Coalition for Inclusive Education media  award. SPED*NET New Canaan has celebrated well over a decade of excellence!

Adjunct Professor for the University of St. Joseph, West Hartford, CT, teaching special  education law to graduate students.

Surrogate Parent for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Insure that  students with disabilities, whose legal guardian is the Department of Children  and Families (DCF), receive an appropriate education. Fostered one of my surrogate students!

Member  of New Canaan Public Schools Special Education Director’s Parent Advisory  Committee – 11 years; Partners in Policymaking graduate; numerous other volunteer  activities. Trained parents and professionals in a 14 hours class, “Understanding  Special Education – Families as Partners” – 11 classes in total. Former member of the Board of Directors for  the CT Down Syndrome Congress – 8 years. Member of Lambda Legal and GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders). Member of the GLAD Lawyer Referral Service.

I  personally ensured that my eldest of four children, Ieva, who has Down syndrome,  was fully and successfully included in our neighborhood high school. Yep, she  even took Algebra. She graduated from Berkshire Hills Music Academy.

1986-1989   Law Offices of Anne I. Treimanis Bronx, NY Sole Practitioner Administrative Law Judge for  NYC Taxi and Limousine Court Attorney for the Lithuanian  Credit Union Pro bono work in Baltic human  rights issues. Yearly lobbyist at the Geneva Human Rights Conventions.

1974-1982   Social Worker State of New Jersey, Division  of Developmental Disabilities 1980-1982 State of Michigan, Department  of Social Services 1977-1979 Mecosta Osceola ARC 1974-1977

Education: Juris Doctor Hofstra  University June 1985.

MA Community Leadership  Central Michigan University 1979. BS Human Services Ferris State  University 1976. Extensive ongoing legal  training.

Completed GAL/AMC training for  the Office of the Public Defender

BARS: Admitted  to practice law in NY 1986; NJ 1987; CT 2002; United States Supreme Court 2015.

Member of the American Bar Association, CT Bar Association, and the Fairfield County Bar Association.

Selected Awards:

Recognition – Stamford Education 4 Autism / 2012
Inclusion Award – WE BELONG, Inclusion in Fairfield County (2 time winner!) / 2008
Parent of the Year – STAR, Lighting the Way…   / 2004
Service Award – CT Down Syndrome Congress / 2003
Media of the Year Award – CT Coalition for Inclusive Education

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