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Comply With the Latest Special Education Laws to Avoid Liability
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. Register today!
This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed specifically for professionals who work with children with special needs in a school setting. Those who should attend include:
NBI, Inc. is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. NBI, Inc. is authorized by IACET to offer 0.60 CEUs for this program. At the end of the program, participants must complete a self-assessment in order to receive credit. 100% attendance is required. (Provider #1004558)
Upon completion of this course, attendee will be able to: 1. Recall two laws that shape special education requirements. 2. List three pieces of information that are required to be documented for a disability. 3. Restate the role of the Individualized Education Program. 4. Describe the Functional Behavior Assessment process. 5. State three actions to take upon receipt of a request for impartial hearing. 6. Define the term "least restrictive environment."
DEBORA A. BLAKE is a professional education advocate and consultant, and executive director at ACCESS Education. As an education specialist, she provides professional parent/student advocacy, training, case review/evaluation, and facilitation/mediation relating to early intervention, special education, student disciplinary issues, transition, and vocational rehabilitation throughout southern Michigan. Previously, Ms. Blake was a New Hampshire legislative attorney in the areas of education/special education, postsecondary/vocational education, children/youth law, domestic/family law, and disability rights. She was then contracted by the New Hampshire State Department of Education as an administrative law judge and special education hearing officer, where she conducted administrative hearings, issued decisions and provided neutral case evaluation, mediation and facilitation for complaints/disputes related to public school personnel and employment issues; professional certification; student education/early intervention/special education; student discipline; and transition and vocational rehabilitation appeals to the State Board of Education. Ms. Blake resolved more than ninety percent of the special education cases assigned to her prior to the formal due process hearing. As the executive director of InterMediate Resources, LLC, she acted as an attorney-neutral, mediator, facilitator, consultant, and educator/trainer in conflict management and alternative dispute resolution. Certified as a guardian ad litem in New Hampshire Superior, Probate, Family Division, and District courts, Ms. Blake also served as a court-appointed legal advocate and investigator in more than 200 cases involving minor children/juveniles in court proceedings relating to child abuse/neglect/TPR, adoption/guardianship, delinquency/children in need of services, and child custody/visitation/support. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Council of Attorneys and Advocates for Parents (COPAA), and the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC). Ms. Blake earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice administration from Michigan State University and Hawthorne College; and completed her J.D. degree, cum laude, at New England Law School in Boston, Massachusetts.
LAURA JONES is a trained professional Education Advocate at ACCESS Education. She also is the founder of SEAD, Special Education Advocacy & Development, a grass roots parents organization in Michigan to promote higher quality special education and parental participation. Ms. Jones led a successful campaign to prevent passage of substantial changes to the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE) in 2014, and in the process became versed in Michigan Special Education rules, regulations and issues. She is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates COPAA, a trustee on the E4DS Board of Directors and was appointed a member of the Governor's Task Force on Special Education in 2015.
GREGORY M. MEIHN is a partner in the Detroit office of Foley & Mansfield. Mr. Meihn focuses his transactional and litigation practice in the core areas of employment and school law. He also has an active construction law practice. Mr. Meihn represents and consults with insurance companies, cities, townships, municipalities, schools, and employers on employment and labor issues, including but not limited to discipline, harassment, terminations, unions, discrimination, unemployment, employment hiring practices, non-competition agreement, and issues involving Michigan Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act, Title VII, ADEA, ADA, and related statutes. He earned his B.B. degree from Eastern Michigan University, his J.D. degree from the University of Toledo Law School, and his M.S. degree from Michigan State University. Mr. Meihn is a member of the American Association of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the American Inns of Court-Flint Chapter, the Genesee County Bar Association, the Michigan Defense Trial Association, the Michigan Nature Association, the Michigan Professional Ethics Committee, and the State Bar of Michigan.