This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed specifically for professionals who work with children with special needs in the school setting. Those who should attend include: School Administrators, Superintendents, Board Members, Principals, Teachers, Attorneys
Comply With the Latest Special Education Laws to Avoid Liability
With the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, professionals working with special needs children know that an understanding of special education law is crucial. You need to know the law in order to deal with complex questions that arise on a regular basis. Who pays when a special needs child is placed in private schooling at the parents' election? How can a school create the least restrictive environment and promote inclusion to the best interests of all students? It can be costly if you don't know.
Strengthen your knowledge of how recent special education legislation affects school policies and operation.
Evaluate the legal protection offered by the Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Successfully handle disciplinary actions for students with disabilities.
Explore the role of manifestation determination reviewing the legality of disciplinary actions.
Understand the rights of special needs students so you can avoid inadvertent illegal actions that may lead to a lawsuit.
ESTABLISHING THE FRAMEWORK OF SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW 8:30 - 9:15, Diana S. Gondek
Reviewing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Examining Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
What are the Laws Relating to Particular Disabilities?
Summary of Recent Developments in Special Education Law
Relevant Case Law (Including Cedar Rapids Community School District vs. Garret F.)
UNRAVELING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT (IDEA) 9:15 - 10:30, Eileen M. Hagerty
What are Early Intervention Programs?
Defining State and Local Eligibility for Services
Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
Conducting Evaluations and Re-Evaluations of Students With Special Needs
The Role of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the IEP Team
Availability of Personnel Who Know How to Meet the Needs of Disabled Students
Specific Issues About Exceptional Needs Children Enrolled in Private Schools
How, When, and Why Reauthorization Occurs
SUCCESSFULLY HANDLING DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS 10:45 - 12:00, Maureen MacFarlane
Providing Services During Disciplinary Removal
Defining Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs)
What are Behavioral Intervention Plans?
How Manifestation Determination Reviews Apply
Protections for Children Not Yet Eligible for Special Education and Related Services
Changes in Placement
Suspensions and the Ten-Day Rule
Legal Rules Governing Removal or Expulsion
Interim Alternative Educational Settings
Other Available Remedies
“Stay Put” Placement During Pendency of Due Process
Expedited Due Process Hearings
ENSURING SUCCESSFUL DUE PROCESS PROCEDURES 1:00 - 1:45, Mary Ellen Sowyrda
Actions To Take Upon Receipt of Request for Impartial Hearing
Complying With Notice Requirements
Examining Essential Timing Issues
Providing for the Option of Mediation
How to Prepare for a Due Process Hearing
Crucial Elements in an Impartial Due Process Hearing
When De Novo Reviews Apply
Effective Ways to Avoid Due Process Litigation
PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 2:00 - 3:00, Robert M. Spiegel
Promoting Parent Awareness of Legal Rights and Recourse for Their Child
Understanding Placement Issues
Least Restrictive Environment and Inclusion
Requirements for Unilateral Placements by Parents Seeking Public Payment
Preventing Disability Harassment in the Schools
Protecting Confidentiality of Information
Special Education Damages Liability (Including Section 1983 Liability)
Using the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to Ensure Compliance