About Bonnie Schinagle

After many years in the legal profession, I was faced with a family challenge.  Our  highly intelligent child started missing crucial milestones in middle school.  The school suggested an evaluation, but their follow-up was insufficient.  I found myself guiding the school when I felt they should have been guiding me. Our family, especially my child, suffered anguish and frustration. My child is blossoming into a fabulous, capable young adult. Moving forward,  I realized that I had been presented with an opportunity to help others.

 I returned to school for a post-doctorate degree and engaged in an in-depth, scholarly examination of the IDEA and other laws protecting the disabled.  IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act allow students across the country to get the supports and services they need to function in school and society.  Getting full protection under the law, however, requires that parents know which questions to ask and the resources available.

If you are concerned about your child’s educational or social and emotional functioning in school, my firm can help.  I know firsthand the confusion and stress parents experience when their child’s development is questioned.  If you have these concerns, I can help secure your child’s legal rights.

Contact me so that we can discuss your options.

Professional Involvement

Executive Board and legal committee, Long Island Professionals in ADHD Consortium
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
2014 Institute of Special Education Advocacy, William & Mary Law School


Barnard College, A.B. English
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., L.L.M.
Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Barry Stone, Fourth Court of Appeal for the State of Florida
Judicial Law Clerk to Honorable Magistrate Judge Linnea Johnson, U.S. Federal District Court, S.D. Fla.


New York


Considering the Individualized Education Program: A Call for Applying Contract Theory to an Essential Legal Document, C.U.N.Y. Law Review, June, 2014

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