Tips for Conducting MDR Meetings, Handling Changes of Placement, Addressing Bullying and More
Unique legal challenges come up when disciplining special education students. From handling disputes over MDR results to determining whether a safety assessment is required, are you on top of the latest guidelines? This program provides legal clarity on the latest case law and legislative updates, protections for students who aren't yet eligible for special education services, school liability issues and more. Register today!
Review key special education laws.
Uncover practical guidance for responding to special education students who misbehave.
Examine legal best practices for documenting disciplinary actions.
Discover recent developments regarding physical restraint and seclusion.
Analyze best practices for creating bullying policies.
Key Laws to Know
When Students with Disabilities Misbehave: Key Steps to Take
Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs): Determining Whether the Disability Caused the Behavior
Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs) and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
Disciplining and Expelling Students with Disabilities: Ensuring Legal Best Practices
Students with Disabilities and Bullying: Legal Essentials
BETH A. CALLAHAN is a partner at Callahan & Fusco LLC. Ms. Callahan has represented hundreds of families of children with disabilities, including but not limited to: autism, dyslexia, ADD and ADHD, ED, school phobia, anxiety disorders, Marfan Syndrome, medical fragility, auditory processing disorder, in obtaining free appropriate public educations. Ms. Callahan has been special counsel on special education issues to several private state approved schools that have full time programs based on the science of applied behavior analysis. She has represented several charter schools in dealing with special education compliance, harassment, intimidation, and bullying matters and she presents her program on the issue of bullying to students of all grade levels. Ms. Callahan edited the Disability Law Primer and is published in several journals on special education and related legal topics. Ms. Callahan earned her B.A. degree from the Catholic University of America and her J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association, and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She is admitted to the federal and state bars of New Jersey.
SURISA E. RIVERS is the senior special education attorney and founder at Rivers Law, Inc., APC, where she helps students with disabilities to fully access and enjoy their education. Ms. Rivers has devoted the majority of her career to advancing the educational rights of students with disabilities. She has successfully represented hundreds of students with disabilities against school districts all over Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and Ventura counties. Ms. Rivers earned her undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University and her J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law.
W. ERIK WEBER is a partner at Mefford, Weber and Blythe PC, where he practices in the areas of personal injury law, civil trial litigation, debtor/creditor law, bankruptcy, family law, estate and financial planning, and real estate. Mr. Weber is licensed to practice in the state of Indiana, the United States District Court for both the Northern District and Southern District of Indiana, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Currently, he serves as legal counsel for the municipal city of Auburn, Auburn Municipal Utilities, Auburn Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, DeKalb County Central United School District, Smith-Green Schools, the DeKalb County Change Academy, and various other local entities. Mr. Weber is a member of the DeKalb County Bar, the Indiana State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Council of School Attorneys and Municipal Attorneys. He earned his B.S. degree, cum laude, from St. Joseph's College of Rensselaer Indiana and his J.D. degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
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