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Obtain Essential Special Education Legal Best Practices

Special education legal issues can be confusing for school personnel and attorneys alike. This hands-on legal guide will walk you through legal best practices concerning IEPs, 504 plans, manifest determination reviews and more. Our experienced attorney faculty will give you the information you need to provide maximum legal protections to special needs students and minimize school exposure to lawsuits. Handle special education issue with confidence - register today!

  • Apply the latest special education legal developments to your school's policies.
  • Understand when bullying of special needs students exposes schools to significant legal liabilities.
  • Ensure IEP development process documentation serves as a legal aid in case of lawsuits.
  • Handle the manifestation determination review process with confidence.
  • Analyze recent court cases to avoid potential disability discrimination complaints.
  • Properly accommodate English language learners who are also eligible for special education services.

  1. Essential Special Education Legal Updates You Need to Know
    9:00-10:15, Ronald S. Stadler
  2. Bullying and Harassment: Ensuring Special Needs Students Receive Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE)
    10:30-11:45, Margaret A. Graham
    1. Understanding FAPE in Different Forms: IDEA and Section 504
    2. Recognizing Harassment and Interference with Special Education Services
    3. Special Needs Students as Perpetrators: How to Handle it
    4. Documenting Responses to Bullying and Harassment
  3. Developing Legally Compliant IEPs That Benefit Students: With Examples
    12:45-1:45, Margaret A. Graham
    1. Evaluation Best Practices
    2. Mitigating the Chance for Legal Liabilities in the Meeting
    3. Ensuring Legally Defensible Documentation for Every Decision
    4. IEP Progress Monitoring
    5. Changing the IEP: Essential Guidelines
    6. IEP Do's and Don'ts - With Examples
  4. 504 Plan Eligibility and Accommodation Best Practices
    1:45-2:45, Ronald S. Stadler
    1. 504 Plans vs. IEPs
    2. Eligibility Procedure Best Practices
      1. Should IDEA Procedures be Used?
      2. The ADAAA and 504 Plan Eligibility
      3. The Use of Parent-Submitted Information
    3. Determining Educationally - and Legally - Appropriate Accommodations
    4. Legal Best Practices for Students Who do Not Need Classroom Accommodations
  5. Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs): Did the Disability Cause the Behavior?
    3:00-3:45, Samantha M. Adams
    1. Necessary Procedures Under the IDEA
    2. Discipline Documentation: What to Include
    3. Determining if Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs), Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) and Discipline Documentation Align
    4. What to do if MDR Results are Disputed
  6. Avoiding Disability Discrimination Complaints: Lessons From Recent Court Cases and Enforcement Actions
    3:45-4:30, Samantha M. Adams
    1. Ensuring Equal Access to All Programs: Sports, Gifted and Talented, etc.
    2. Technology and Accessibility, Including Websites
    3. Ensuring Modifications and Changes in Placement are Necessary
    4. Discriminatory Suspension and Discipline Practices
    5. Inappropriate Use of Restraint and Seclusion
    6. Recognizing Racial Disparity in Special Education Programs

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