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 - 9:30, Amy E. Mace
- Reviewing of Other Laws Protecting Students With Disabilities and Their Distinctions From and Interplay With the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act ("IDEA")
- Review of the History and Goals of IDEA
- The Structure and Scope of IDEA, Including Age Range of Students Served and the Scope of Services Provided
- The Basic Principle of FAPE: What Does it Mean?
- Summary of Recent Developments in Special Education Law, Including Recent Case Law
- UNRAVELING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT (IDEA)
930 - 10:30, Phillip J. Trobaugh
- 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, Erin E. Ische
- Suspension of Special Education Students, Including Provision of Services During Period of Suspension
- Expulsion of Special Education Students
- Manifestation Determination
- Requirements Related to Functional
Assessments and Behavioral Intervention Plans
- Changes in Placement, Including 45-day Unilateral Changes and the Provision of Alternative Educational Services
- Protections for Children not yet
as Disabled and IDEA
- Expedited Due Process Hearings, Including Discussion of the "Stay put" Placement
- ENSURING SUCCESSFUL DUE PROCESS PROCEDURES
1:00 - 2:00, Nancy E. Blumstein
- Actions to Take Upon Receipt of Request for Impartial Hearing, Including Notice Requirements
- Examining Essential Timing Issues, Including Statute of Limitations
- Dispute Resolution Mechanisms
- How to Prepare for a Due Process Hearing, Including the
of Necessary Evidence and the Preparation of Witnesses
- The Burden of Proof
- The Hearing Process
- Appeal Rights and Process
- Potential Remedies
- PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
2:15 - 3:00, Phillip J. Trobaugh
- 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
- Compensatory Education
- 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