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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. This comprehensive guide will show you how to mitigate legal liabilities in IEPs and 504 plans. Take away valuable information you can use to spot potential issues in your school's IEP and 504 plan processes. Order today!
Presenters: Dana L. Long and Debra J. Wysong
This course has been approved by the Indiana Supreme Court Office of Admissions & Continuing Education. Participating attorneys are eligible to receive up to 12.0 hours of distance education, which includes 0.0 hour of ethics. Newly admitted attorneys may receive up to 12.0 hours of new attorney CLE. No more than 9.0 hours of distance education CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period, and there is no carry over of excess distance education hours.
DANA L. LONG is the special education attorney and due process supervisor with the Indiana Department of Education, Office of Special Education. Ms. Long previously served the Department of Education as legal counsel and assistant director of the Office of Legal Affairs. Prior to coming to the department, Ms. Long was legal counsel with Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services representing individuals with disabilities. She also served as referee with the Brown Circuit Court, presiding over small claims court, misdemeanors and class D felonies, and traffic court. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Long taught middle and high school math in northwest Indiana. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees with a major in math, from the Indiana University School of Education, Bloomington, Indiana, and her J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana. Ms. Long is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and the National Council of State Education Attorneys.
DEBRA J. WYSONG is an attorney and the director of the Disability Access Center at Purdue University Northwest. Ms. Wysong started her career as a teacher. She taught students of varying abilities in regular and special education classes in both public and private school settings. After law school Ms. Wysong worked for more than 14 years at Equip for Equality, the Illinois Protection and Advocacy agency; first as a staff attorney representing parents of students with disabilities and then in 2007 she became a senior attorney and helpline manager. Ms. Wysong oversaw a statewide special education helpline empowering parents to advocate effectively. She trained and supervised legal interns and attorney volunteers who staffed the helpline. She also advised and represented many special education students in negotiations, mediation, administrative hearings, and federal court. Ms. Wysong served on the Illinois Attorney General’s Special Education Advisory Committee. She also developed and conducted presentations speaking throughout Illinois and nationally regarding special education law. After leaving Equip for Equality, Ms. Wysong served a Northwest Indiana school district as their human resource director and Section 504 coordinator. She graduated magna cum laude from Valparaiso University School of Law.