Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP counsel Kelly Neyra was recently elected as the Chair of the Connecticut State Advisory Council on Special Education. Kelly was appointed to the Council by Governor Jodi Rell in 2010.

The purpose of the Council is to provide “policy guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities in the State.” Council members must be individuals involved in, or concerned with the education of children with disabilities and must be representative of the ethnic and racial diversity of, and the types of disabilities found in, the state population.

In her legal practice, Kelly represents parents of children with disabilities in the area of special education law.  As a parent of a child who receives special education services, Kelly is passionate about providing education and training to parents so that they can be knowledgeable regarding their legal rights under Federal and State statutes, and regulations governing the provision of special education services to children with special education needs. Kelly’s practice also includes training parents to be effective advocates for their children. Her representation of families and children with special needs encompasses a wide range of legal issues.

“As a parent of a child who receives special education services, and as lawyer who advocates daily for children and parents throughout the state, I am especially aware of the need for an educational system that provides appropriate education for children of all abilities,” said Kelly. “I am truly honored to serve as Chair and to work together with many dedicated professionals and parents to continue the mission of the Council and to insure that the needs of special education students and their families are met.”