The laws governing special education interact in confusing and sometimes contradictory ways, yet it is crucial that schools have a firm understanding of them in order to protect the rights of students and avoid legal difficulties. This comprehensive overview lays out all the legal requirements surrounding IEP development, discipline procedures, due process hearing requirements and more. It also highlights the mistakes other schools have made, so you can ensure your school properly delivers legally appropriate special education services that help students succeed - order today!
Presented by Dana A. Jonson
DANA A. JONSON is a civil rights attorney in private practice in Connecticut. Her firm, The Law Offices of Dana A. Jonson, LLC, has exclusively represented the civil rights of children with disabilities through the special education process for 15 years. Ms. Jonson represents families from early in the process at PPT meetings through mediation, due process, and litigation in state or federal court if necessary. She offers seminars and workshops locally and nationally to parents regarding their rights and navigating the complex special education process. In addition, she offers seminars and workshops to school district personnel on how they can best meet their obligations. Prior to law school, Ms. Jonson was a special education teacher and administrator in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of the Northeastern University School of Law where she held internships at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, and Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP, a law firm that represents children with disabilities through the special education process in Massachusetts. Ms. Jonson also holds a Master of Science degree in education from Simmons College, with a focus on intensive special needs, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fairfield University. She is currently admitted to the Connecticut State and Federal bars.