Book Revue Event Features Long Island Author on Special Needs Services Denied

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Long Island Author Tom Gibson and Long Island family law attorney Lloyd C. Rosen from Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. pair up for a special evening at the Book Revue in Huntington, NY to launch new book "Lost in the System" with a short presentation and Question and Answer period on Sept. 24th at 7:00pm.

New book “Lost in the System” details the Big Business of Special Education. North Shore, Long Island author, Tom Gibson details his experiences fighting for special education services for his hearing impaired son. According to Mr. Gibson’s experiences, this is a “realistic” look at Special Education driven by concern for cost, where a child’s education is an expendable asset in an affluent North Shore school district.

Gibson and family law attorney Lloyd C. Rosen of Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. will co-present discussing these issues, at the Book Revue in Huntington, NY on Sept 24th at 7:00PM, and Gibson will sign copies of his new book.

The story unfolds as Gibson and his wife find out that their 2 ½ year old son, Max is suffering from hearing loss and eventually loses his hearing completely before the age of four. Max’s deafness sets in motion a struggle between Gibson and his son’s school district for special education services. Author depicts CSE meetings, Impartial Hearings and “negotiations” by school district personnel to save money on services.

“No happy endings here,” declares Gibson, as he and his wife separate just as his battle with the district begins. His relationship with his two children suffer as Max’s education takes center stage. Gibson states “I was so blinded by my desire to get services that I lost sight of everything else.”

Among parents of special needs children, divorce rates are higher than for the general population and Rosen will discuss unique considerations for these families when the parents’ marriage suffers, and takes the direction of divorcing. Rosen does not represent Gibson in his divorce.

Dismayed with the Special Education Industry, Gibson attempts to get retribution through New York State. His attempts are thwarted by administrative forces, and he questions who really benefits from I.D.E.A. and No Child Left Behind (Federal Laws designed to protect the education of children).

Gibson has a website to help change the current laws and help other parents to navigate this challenging system. Visit for more information about Lloyd C. Rosen, Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. and the complimentary legal groups for divorcing parents of special needs children and other legal groups available. The law firm of Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. was established in 1976 and is a highly regarded litigation firm with a primary concentration in matrimonial and family law.

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