Homeschooling vs Online Learning: What You NEED to Know (feat. Annette Hines) S3E28
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In this week's episode, my friend Annette Hines stops by to help us understand the differences between homeschooling, distance learning and remote learning. We even talk about unschooling as well. As parents, we need to know that we have rights when it comes to our children's education, as do our children.

With COVID interfering with the reopening of schools this Fall, it's more important than ever that we know what our options are. Annette helps us to understand both our rights as parents as well as the differences between these different types of non-traditional schooling options.

About Annette Hines:

Annette M. Hines is the founding partner of Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, PC and has been practicing in the areas of Special Needs, Elder Law and Estate Planning for over twenty years. Her clients include individuals and families of children with special needs, the elderly and others in the community. She received her BA for the University of Vermont, her MBA from Suffolk University, and her JD from Howard University School of Law.

Annette brings personal experience with special needs to her practice, as the mother of two daughters, one of whom passed away from Mitochondrial disease in November 2013. This deep personal understanding of special needs fuels her passion for quality special needs planning and drives her dedication to the practice.

In April 2019 she published Butterflies and Second Chances, a beautiful memoir about her life raising her disabled daughter, which was an Amazon best seller. Recognized as a Distinguished Citizen by ARC Massachusetts and cited for public service by both the Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives, Annette works tirelessly on behalf of people with disabilities. She was designated a 2016 Top Women of Law from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and has been designated a Massachusetts Super Lawyer every year since 2014.

Annette can be found here:

Special Needs Law

Parenting Impossible: The Special Needs Survival Podcast

Butterflies and Second Chances: A Mom's Memoir of Love and Loss


Please remember that self-care is more important than ever. It's not easy but we have to do our best to look after ourselves, especially during these turbulent and uncertain times.

Please listen and share with anyone that could benefit.

All my information and relevant links are here


This episode is sponsored by Mightier. Mightier is an amazing program out of Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s. It uses video games to teach kids to emotionally self-regulate. Visit and find out more information, including how to get a free 30-day trial.

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