Audio CD + Course Book

Delaware Special Education Law

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

December, 2017

Product ID#:

77619CDRA

Audio + Course Book

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From Event: Delaware Special Education Law, held December 2017.

Program Description

With increasing numbers of students qualifying for special education services, 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. Order today!

Course Content

  1. Establishing the Framework of Special Education Law
  2. Section 504 Plan Documentation: What You Need to Know
  3. Unraveling the Requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  4. Successfully Handling Disciplinary Actions for Special Needs Students
  5. Ensuring Successful Due Process Procedures
  6. Protecting the Rights of Children with Special Needs

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Agenda / Content Covered

  1. ESTABLISHING THE FRAMEWORK OF SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW
    9:00 - 10:00, Lauren M. O'Connell Mahler
    1. Overview of Laws That Govern Special Education
    2. Summary of Recent Developments in Special Education Law
    3. Relevant Case Law
  2. SECTION 504 PLAN DOCUMENTATION: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
    10:15 - 11:00, Michael P. Stafford
    1. Review of Section 504
    2. Determining When an Evaluation is Necessary
    3. Information Required to Document a Disability
    4. Americans With Disabilities Act and 504 Plan Eligibility
    5. Proper Notice of Evaluation and Placement
    6. 504 Plan Do's and Don'ts: With Examples
  3. UNRAVELING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT (IDEA)
    11:00 - 12:15, Michael P. Stafford
    1. What are Early Intervention Programs?
    2. Defining State and Local Eligibility for Services
    3. Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
    4. Conducting Evaluations and Re-Evaluations of Students with Special Needs
    5. The Role of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the IEP Team
    6. Availability of Personnel Who Know How to Meet the Needs of Disabled Students
    7. Specific Issues About Exceptional Needs Children Enrolled in Private Schools
    8. How, When, and Why Reauthorization Occurs
  4. SUCCESSFULLY HANDLING DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS
    1:15 - 2:15, Michael P. Stafford
    1. Providing Services During Disciplinary Removal
    2. Defining Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs)
    3. What are Behavioral Intervention Plans?
    4. How Manifestation Determination Reviews Apply
    5. Protections for Children Not Yet Eligible for Special Education and Related Services
    6. Changes in Placement
      1. Suspensions and the Ten-Day Rule
      2. Legal Rules Governing Removal or Expulsion
      3. Interim Alternative Educational Settings
    7. Other Available Remedies
    8. "Stay Put" Placement During Pendency of Due Process
    9. Expedited Due Process Hearings
  5. ENSURING SUCCESSFUL DUE PROCESS PROCEDURES
    2:30 - 3:30, Michael P. Stafford
    1. Actions to Take Upon Receipt of Request for Impartial Hearing
    2. Complying With Notice Requirements
    3. Examining Essential Timing Issues
    4. Providing for the Option of Mediation
    5. How to Prepare for a Due Process Hearing
    6. Crucial Elements in an Impartial Due Process Hearing
    7. When De Novo Reviews Apply
    8. Effective Ways to Avoid Due Process Litigation
  6. PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
    3:30 - 4:30, Lauren M. O'Connell Mahler
    1. Promoting Parent Awareness of Legal Rights and Recourse for Their Child
    2. Understanding Placement Issues
      1. Least Restrictive Environment and Inclusion
      2. Requirements for Unilateral Placements by Parents Seeking Public Payment
      3. Compensatory Education
    3. Preventing Disability Bullying and Harassment in the Schools
    4. Protecting Confidentiality of Information
    5. Using the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to Ensure Compliance

LAUREN M. O'CONNELL MAHLER is an attorney with McAndrews Law Offices, P.C., where she concentrates her practice on representing students with disabilities and their families in special education matters. Ms. O’Connell Mahler works in the firm’s Wilmington, Delaware office. She earned her B.A. degree from Loyola University, Maryland and her J.D. degree from Delaware Law School (formerly Widener University School of Law), where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and the 2010 recipient of the Patricia N. Holsten Memorial Award for Public Interest Pro Bono Service. While pursuing her J.D. degree, Ms. O’Connell Mahler gained experience as a law clerk at Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI) in Delaware, where she worked in the disabilities law program. Following law school, Ms. O’Connell Mahler served as the first judicial clerk to the Honorable Diane Clarke Street of the Superior Court of Delaware. She is licensed to practice in Delaware and Pennsylvania.

MICHAEL P. STAFFORD is counsel with the law firm of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, in their Delaware office. Mr. Stafford concentrates his practice on education law issues, including special education, student rights and discipline, school policies and procedures, and staff termination issues, for both private and public schools. He has represented school districts in special education disputes in both administrative due process hearings and federal and state courts. Mr. Stafford has handled numerous student rights' issues, including complex disputes over students' free speech rights, as well as discipline issues such as search and seizure and expulsion hearings and appeals. He also works with school administrators to develop or revise policies and procedures and provides school staff development and training on a wide variety of topics. Mr. Stafford has extensive experience representing police departments in trial board hearings under the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights, as well as counseling departments on disciplinary policies and procedures. On numerous occasions, he has also represented employers in a range of matters such as wrongful discharge and employment discrimination lawsuits, including Title VII, ADEA, ADA, EPA, and state employment statutes. Mr. Stafford is a frequent speaker on education law and employment law issues. He earned his B.A. degree from Washington College and J.D. degree from Duke Law School. Mr. Stafford is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section; the American Bar Association, and its Labor and Employment Section; the American Immigration Lawyers Association; and the Education Law Association.

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