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Know Special Education Requirements and Procedures to a T

Are you looking for a seminar that spells out schools' obligations and options under special education laws? Do you need a practical guide to FAPE, LRE and due process? This comprehensive course lays out the legal requirements and procedures, and examines the landmines to avoid. Learn from other schools' missteps in applicable case studies, and get compliance tips from experienced attorney faculty on evaluating students, developing IEPs, making placement decisions, handling due process proceedings and managing behavioral issues. It's sure to be a jam-packed day of information you can't afford to miss. Register today!

  • Review public and private school responsibilities under the IDEA, Section 504, ADA and other laws that protect the rights of students with disabilities.
  • Stay up to date on court decisions and hearing results that affect special education requirements.
  • Recognize the current requirements of Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) in placement decisions.
  • Avoid the most common mistakes in IEP development.
  • Understand school liability for bullying problems, personnel reactions to student placement and discipline methods.
  • Explore the Response to Intervention model versus the traditional Discrepancy model in determining a student's eligibility for special education services.
  • Ensure school tests, reports and measurements meet the IDEA's evaluation requirements.
  • Walk through due process procedures - with tips on what to do prior to, at and after the hearing.
  • Prevent school personnel actions that could land a school in hot water.

  1. Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
    9:00 - 9:30, Written by Pamela S. Milman. Presented by Peter S. Farrell in New Bedford and Pamela S. Milman in Boston.
    1. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
    2. Section 504
    3. Key Definitions
    4. Q&A Session
  2. Evaluations and Eligibility
    9:30 - 10:15, Written and presented by Eileen M. Hagerty in New Bedford and Boston.
    1. Procedural Safeguards
    2. Evaluations
      1. Notice/Consent and Timeline
      2. Test and Measurement Requirements
      3. Evaluation Options and Procedures
      4. Common Mistakes to Avoid
    3. Eligibility Determinations
      1. Eligibility Categories
      2. Adverse Educational Impact
      3. Need for Special Education Services
      4. Response to Intervention (RTI) and Discrepancy Model
    4. Q&A Session
  3. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
    10:30 - 12:00, Written and presented by Eileen M. Hagerty in New Bedford and Boston.
    1. Team Meetings: Who, What, When, Why, and How to Make Them Successful
    2. Parent Participation
    3. The IEP Development Process/Components
    4. What Should be Included in the IEP
    5. IEP Implementation
    6. Amending IEPs
    7. Transition Requirements
    8. Extended School Year (ESY)
    9. Q&A Session
  4. Placement Decisions and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
    1:00 - 1:45, Written by Joshua D. Krell. Presented by Peter S. Farrell in New Bedford and Joshua D. Krell in Boston.
    1. LRE, Mainstreaming and Inclusion
    2. Continuum of Alternative Placements
    3. Placement Decision Requirements
    4. Factors That Can and Cannot be Considered
    5. Predetermining Placement
    6. Private Schools: Requirements, Placement Issues and School District Involvement
    7. Change in Placement
      1. Procedures
      2. Review of Placement Decisions and "Stay-Put"
    8. Q&A Session
  5. Due Process Procedures
    1:45 - 2:30, Written and presented by Thomas Mason in New Bedford and Boston.
    1. Due Process Overview and Statute of Limitations
    2. Due Process Complaints and Responses
      1. Content Requirements and Timeframes
      2. Before the Complaint Arrives
      3. After the Complaint Arrives
    3. Dispute Resolution
    4. Mediation
    5. Pre-Hearing Procedures
    6. Preparing for the Hearing
    7. At the Hearing
    8. After Receiving the Decision
    9. Q&A Session
  6. Disciplinary Procedures
    2:45 - 3:45, Written by Pamela S. Milman. Presented by Peter S. Farrell in New Bedford and Pamela S. Milman in Boston.
    1. Managing Behavioral Issues
      1. Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs)
      2. Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs)
      3. Physical Restraints and Isolation Techniques
    2. Disciplinary Procedures
      1. Suspensions and Expulsions
      2. Disciplinary Changes in Placement
      3. Manifestation Determinations
      4. Interim Alternative Educational Settings
      5. Students Not Yet Eligible for Special Education and Related Services
      6. Expedited Due Process Hearings
    3. Q&A Session
  7. School Actions (or Inaction) That can Result in Lawsuits
    3:45 - 4:30, Written and presented by Peter S. Farrell in New Bedford and Boston.
    1. Bullying and Harassment
    2. Section 504 - Discrimination
    3. Retaliation
    4. Interference with Rights
    5. Q&A Session

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