Attendees will learn how the special education process in Connecticut works, both in statutory requirements and in actual practice. This seminar is aimed at providing the participants with a roadmap to successful implementation of the Connecticut and federal laws governing special education, both in terms of meeting legal requirements and in terms of avoiding conflict between school districts and families. The presenters will discuss the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and offer their opinions on how the changes will affect the process.
- Understanding of the framework of federal and Connecticut law relating to the education of children with disabilities
- The effect of No Child Left Behind and the 2004 IDEA reauthorization on the process
- How to minimize conflict between parents and school systems
- The attendee will be able to discuss the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
- The attendee will be able to identify independent educational evaluations.
- The attendee will be able to review how style can minimize conflict.
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
II. Eligibility Requirements
A. Nature Of Disabilities
B. Educational Impact
C. Need For Services
D. Section 504 Eligibility
E. Services Outside Of The IDEA
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
C. Independent Educational Evaluations
D. Programmatic Reviews
E. Use Of Outside Evaluators
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
IV. Planning And Running An Effective Planning And Placement Team Meeting
A. How Style Can Minimize Conflict
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m
V. The Individual Educational Plan
B. Least Restrictive Environment Mandate
C. Program Content
D. Relevant Requirements Of No Child Left Behind
E. Changes In 2004 IDEA
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
VI. Dispute Resolution
A. Advisory Opinions
B. Mediation And Due Process
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
VII. Minimizing Conflict And The Ethics Of Special Education
A. Balancing Quality Educational Programming With Controlling Costs
B. Living With Shared Power