Audio CD + Course Book

IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

February, 2018

Product ID#:

78286CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • AZ CLE - 6.00
From Event: IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop, held February 2018.

Program Description

IEPs and 504 plans are essential tools to ensure positive learning outcomes for many students. They also have the potential to cause legal issues for schools if they aren't properly planned and carried out. Get a comprehensive overview of legal liabilities in IEPs and 504 plans from our experienced faculty. Take away valuable information you can use to spot potential issues in your school's IEP and 504 plan process. Order today!

Course Content

  1. IDEA or Section 504? Determining Eligibility Under Both Laws
  2. Discipline and Expulsion Essentials Under IDEA and Section 504
  3. Developing and Implementing 504 Plans: Ensuring a Level Playing Field
  4. The IEP Development Process: Handling Difficult Issues
  5. Key Considerations for Implementing IEPs
  6. Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs), and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs): Ensuring Best Practices

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 AZ - Credit Approval Expiration 02/15/2020


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. IDEA or Section 504? Determining Eligibility Under Both Laws
    9:00 - 10:00, Richard J. Murphy
    1. Section 504
      1. What is a Disability Under Section 504?
      2. Major Life Activities: What do They Encompass?
      3. Substantial Limitations: What is the Bar?
      4. Impairment Determinations: What Can and Can't be Considered?
    2. The IDEA
      1. Eligibility Categories
      2. ADHD and Other Difficult-to-Place Disabilities
      3. Required Need for Specially-Designed Instruction
      4. Best Practices for Determining Eligibility
      5. IDEA-Eligible Students with Additional Medical Needs
    3. Handling Disputes with Parents over Eligibility
  2. Discipline and Expulsion Essentials Under IDEA and Section 504
    10:15 - 11:15, Richard J. Murphy
    1. Providing Services During Disciplinary Removal
    2. How Manifestation Determination Reviews Apply
    3. Protections for Children not yet Eligible for Special Education and Related Services
    4. Changes in Placement
      1. Suspensions and the Ten-Day Rule
      2. Legal Rules Governing Removal or Expulsion
      3. Interim Alternative Educational Settings
    5. Other Available Remedies
    6. Multiple Suspensions and Denial of Free Appropriate Public Education
  3. Developing and Implementing 504 Plans: Ensuring a Level Playing Field
    11:15 - 12:15, Erin H. Walz
    1. Eligibility: What Should be Considered
    2. What Accommodations Should and Should not do
    3. 504 Accommodations vs. Specially Designed Instruction (and Why it Matters)
    4. Distribution of 504 Plans
    5. Avoiding Modifications
    6. Reviews and Re-Evaluations
    7. 504 Plan Red Flags to Avoid
  4. The IEP Development Process: Handling Difficult Issues
    1:15 - 2:15, Lori Kirsch-Goodwin
    1. IDEA Evaluation Report Essentials
    2. The IEP Meeting: What if Parents Refuse to Come?
    3. Third Party Participation at IEP Meetings: Outside Agencies, Invited Guests etc.
    4. Avoiding Predetermination on IEPs
    5. Parent Recording of IEP Meetings: Can Schools Prohibit it?
    6. Ensuring the IEP Team has all Necessary Members
    7. Creating Measureable IEP Goals and Progress Requirements
    8. Creating a Prudent Paper Trail
  5. Key Considerations for Implementing IEPs
    2:15 - 3:15, Erin H. Walz
    1. Who Should Receive a Copy? What Form Should it be?
    2. Teacher Training: Necessary Requirements to Ensure Successful Implementation
    3. Progress Monitoring, Documentation and Reporting
    4. What to do When IEPs Aren't Working
    5. Mid-Year Revisions
      1. Who Can Make Them?
      2. When Should They be Made?
  6. Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs), and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs): Ensuring Best Practices
    3:30 - 4:30, Lori Kirsch-Goodwin
    1. What IDEA Says About FBAs and BIPs
    2. Who Should be Involved in the Process?
    3. Meeting Key Evaluation Requirements
    4. How to Use the Information
    5. BIPs and Their Relation to IEPs
    6. Creating BIPs That are Useful for Staff
    7. Crisis Components and BIPs
    8. Behavior Plans and Section 504
    9. Handling Disagreements with Parents

LORI KIRSCH-GOODWIN is a founding member and partner with the special education law firm, Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC, which has been recognized in the Phoenix Business Journal as the top specialty law firm in special education. She is a 28-year trial attorney who devotes her practice to special education. Ms. Kirsch-Goodwin is the mother of a young adult on the autism spectrum who also has cerebral palsy. She began her practice in special education law as she began navigating her son's issues through the school system. Ms. Kirsch-Goodwin earned her B.A. degree from Syracuse University and her J.D. degree from the University of Bridgeport School of Law. Presently, she is a member of the Disability Resource & Services Advisory Committee for Scottsdale Community College. Ms. Kirsch- Goodwin recently prevailed in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding a location issue case.

RICHARD J. MURPHY is the owner of the special education law firm, Law Office of Richard J. Murphy, PLC in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Murphy has been a practicing attorney for over 20 years since graduating from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Before practicing special education law, Mr. Murphy represented hundreds of clients in personal injury and workers' compensation actions including wrongful death asbestos cases, medical malpractice, construction injuries, auto accidents, and nursing home abuse and neglect cases. He is admitted to practice in Arizona, New York and Illinois and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Murphy has been a special education attorney for over 6 years and has represented clients in IEP meetings, mediations, due process, appeals, and OCR complaints. Mr. Murphy was involved in the recent revision of the Arizona law limiting the use of restraint and seclusion. He recently prevailed in a 9th Circuit appeal on Section 504 disability discrimination claims. Mr. Murphy is also a member of the Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA).

ERIN H. WALZ is a partner with Udall Shumway PLC, where she practices in the representation of school districts and charter schools in all matter of legal issues, including litigation, special education and student rights. She also represents businesses in litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels. Ms. Walz began practicing law in 1996. She is licensed to practice in Arizona, Illinois, and Michigan state courts; and numerous federal trial and appellate courts. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Illinois State Bar Association and the State Bar of Arizona (vice chair, Fee Arbitration Committee). Ms. Walz earned her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her J.D. degree from Michigan State University College of Law.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

AZ CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
02/15/2020
The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 6.0 hours toward your annual MCLE Interactive CLE requirement for the State of Arizona, including 0.0 hour of professional responsibility Interactive CLE credit.


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