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Special Education Law From A to Z

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February, 2018

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78315CDRA

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From Event: Special Education Law From A to Z, held February 2018.

Program Description

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!

Course Content

Day 1

  1. Unravelling Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) Complexities
  2. Evaluation and Eligibility for Special Education Services
  3. Developing and Implementing Defensible IEPs
  4. Fulfilling Critical Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and Placement Decision Obligations
  5. Essential Components of a 504 Plan

Day 2

  1. Managing Behavioral Issues: Avoiding Critical Mistakes
  2. Discipline and Expulsion Essentials for Special Needs Students
  3. Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs)
  4. Bullying and Special Education Students
  5. Due Process Rights: Ensuring Appropriate Practices During Disputes

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State Credit Approval Expiration
CLE 14.40 NJ 11/03/2018
CLE 14.00 NY * 02/12/2020
CLE 12.00 PA 02/12/2020

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

Day 1

  1. Unravelling Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) Complexities
    9:00 - 10:15, Beth Callahan
    1. Definitions of FAPE: IDEA vs. Section 504
    2. Definitions of Disabilities Under Each Law
    3. What Services and/or Accommodations Must be Provided?
    4. Who is Protected?
    5. Q&A Session
  2. Evaluation and Eligibility for Special Education Services
    10:30 - 11:45, Alison Kenny
    1. Procedural Safeguards for Parents, Students and Schools
    2. Documenting Parent Input
    3. Evaluations: Timelines, Testing and Best Practices
    4. Defensible Classroom Observations
    5. Determining Eligibility: Need for Services, Adverse Impact, Etc.
    6. Q&A Session
  3. Developing and Implementing Defensible IEPs
    12:45 - 2:00, Beth Callahan
    1. Team Meetings: Ensuring all Members are Present
    2. Components of a Legally Defensible IEP
    3. Implementing IEPs: Monitoring, Documenting and Reporting
    4. Amending IEPs
    5. Q&A Session
  4. Fulfilling Critical Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and Placement Decision Obligations
    2:00 - 3:15, Laura A. Siclari
    1. LRE, Mainstreaming and Inclusion: What Must Schools Provide?
    2. Continuum of Alternate Placements
    3. Placement Decision Requirements
    4. Factors That Can and Cannot be Considered
    5. Changes in Placement: Necessary Procedures and Review
    6. Q&A Session
  5. Essential Components of a 504 Plan
    3:30 - 4:30, Dr. Robin S. Ballard
    1. How 504 Plans Differ From IEPs
    2. Substantial Limitations and Major Life Activities: What are They?
    3. Curriculum Modification and Specially Modified Instruction
    4. Appropriate Evidence to Support 504 Plan Components
    5. Ensuring 504 Plan Accommodations are Reasonable
    6. Q&A Session

Day 2

  1. Managing Behavioral Issues: Avoiding Critical Mistakes
    9:00 - 10:15, Dr. Robin S. Ballard
    1. Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs): Who Should be Involved?
    2. Creating Useful Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs)
    3. Handling Disagreements With Parents
    4. Restraint and Seclusion: Current Legal Perspectives
    5. Q&A Session
  2. Discipline and Expulsion Essentials for Special Needs Students
    10:30 - 11:45, Alison Kenny
    1. Legal Rules Governing Removal or Expulsion
    2. Providing Services During Disciplinary Removal
    3. Handling Disciplinary Changes in Placement
    4. Multiple Suspensions and Denial of FAPE
    5. Q&A Session
  3. Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs)
    12:45 - 2:00, Alison Kenny
    1. Ensuring Proper Timelines and Procedures for MDRs
    2. Essential Documentation for MDRs
    3. Determining the Cause of Misbehaviors: Disability, Failure to Implement the IEP or Neither?
    4. Proving or Disproving Schools Followed IEPs, FBAs and BIPs
    5. Q&A Session
  4. Bullying and Special Education Students
    2:00 - 3:15, Laura A. Siclari
    1. When is Bullying a Denial of FAPE?
    2. Moving Bullied Students to Safer Environments: Legal Considerations
    3. Addressing Bullying Through IEPs and 504 Plans
    4. Legally Appropriate School Policies and Staff Training
    5. Q&A Session
  5. Due Process Rights: Ensuring Appropriate Practices During Disputes
    3:30 - 4:30, George M. Holland
    1. Due Process Overview and Statutes of Limitations
    2. Notice Requirements and Timing Issues
    3. Informal Dispute Resolution: Mediation, Resolution Sessions and Negotiation
    4. How to Prepare for a Due Process Hearing
    5. Appealing Decisions
    6. Q&A Session

DR. ROBIN S. BALLARD is an attorney with Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP, and counsel in the firm's school law practice group. She represents statewide private and public school districts in all facets of special education law, including evaluations, eligibility, program development and placement determinations, dispute resolution with parents, and disciplinary matters. Dr. Ballard regularly attends IEP meetings and mediations conducted through the Department of Education, as well as appearing before the Office of Administrative Law for emergent and plenary hearings. She also has conducted training for employees of boards of education on effective strategies for dealing with difficult situations and effective communication with parents, as well as all aspects of special education. Dr. Ballard serves as a guest instructor at St. Elizabeth College for school administrators who are pursuing doctoral degrees. She has been a speaker for the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, as well as the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Dr. Ballard earned her B.A. degree from Johns Hopkins University; her M.A. degree from Widener University; her Psy.D. degree from Widener University; and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Widener University School of Law.

BETH 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, and auditory processing disorder in obtaining free appropriate public educations. She has been practicing special education law for more than twenty years. 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. Ms. Callahan 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. She 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; and she is admitted to the federal and state bars of New Jersey.

GEORGE M. HOLLAND is the sole practitioner with The Law Office of George M. Holland, LLC, where he primarily handles special education litigation, advocating for the rights of disabled children against their local school districts. Specifically, he assists families obtain new or different educational services as well as new or different educational placements. In addition, Mr. Holland also handles cases against public agencies, such as the Division of Developmental Disabilities ("DDD"), as well as guardianship applications, and he provides estate planning advice in terms of preparing Special Needs Trusts. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit. Mr. Holland earned his B.S. degree from Rutgers University, and earned his J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.

ALISON KENNY practices general school law with the law firm of Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP, with an emphasis on special education law. Her responsibilities include representation before the Office of Administrative Law; U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; and the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education. She is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and in New York. Ms. Kenny earned her B.S. degree from Bucknell University, her M.Ed. degree from Vanderbilt University, and her J.D. degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.

LAURA A. SICLARI is an attorney with McCusker Anselmi Rosen & Carvelli, P.C., based in Florham Park, New Jersey. Her primary areas of expertise are special education and disability law, environmental law, labor and employment law, and general litigation. Ms. Siclari's disability practice involves the representation of individuals with disabilities and their families. She also counsels clients on special needs estate planning, including the preparation of special needs trusts. Ms. Siclari also represents clients in guardianship proceedings involving disabled individuals or minors. She is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. District Court of New Jersey; and the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Ms. Siclari is currently a member of American and New Jersey State bar associations, New York County Lawyers Association, and the Essex County Bar Association. She earned her B.S. degree, cum laude, from The College of New Jersey Law & Justice and her J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

NJ CLE: 14.40 Credit Approval Exp
11/03/2018
This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 14.4 hours of alternative format CLE credit. Of these, 0.0 qualify as hours of alternative learning format credit for ethics/professionalism. No more than 12.0 hours of alternative learning format CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.


NY CLE: 14.00 Credit Approval Exp
02/12/2020
Includes - Areas of Professional Practice: 14.00
This nontraditional format course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for up to 14.0 credit hours. 14.0 hours can be applied to the areas of professional practice requirement and is approved for newly admitted and experienced attorneys.


PA CLE: 12.00 Credit Approval Exp
02/12/2020
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. This program may qualify for up to 12.0 hours of distance learning credit, including 12.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and 0.0 hour of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse distance learning CLE credit. No more than 6.0 hours of distance learning CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.


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