Audio CD + Course Book

Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

March, 2018

Product ID#:

78316CDRA

Audio + Course Book

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Continuing education credit
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From Event: Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide, held March 2018.

Program Description

Special education legal issues can be confusing for school personnel and attorneys alike. This hands-on legal guide will walk you through legal best practices concerning IEPs, 504 plans, manifestation determination reviews and more. It will provide you with the information you need to provide maximum legal protections to special needs students and minimize school exposure to lawsuits. Handle special education issues with confidence - order today!

Course Content

  1. Essential Special Education Legal Updates You Need to Know
  2. Bullying and Harassment: Ensuring Special Needs Students Receive Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
  3. Developing Legally Compliant IEPs That Benefit Students: With Examples
  4. 504 Plan Eligibility and Accommodation Best Practices
  5. Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs): Did the Disability Cause the Behavior?
  6. Avoiding Disability Discrimination Complaints: Lessons From Recent Court Cases and Enforcement Actions

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Continuing education credit is not available at this time.
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Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Essential Special Education Legal Updates You Need to Know
    9:00 - 9:45, Aimee E. Gilman
  2. Bullying and Harassment: Ensuring Special Needs Students Receive Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
    9:45 - 10:45, Aimee E. Gilman
    1. Understanding FAPE in Different Forms: IDEA and Section 504
    2. Recognizing Harassment and Interference With Special Education Services
    3. Special Needs Students as Perpetrators: How to Handle It
    4. Documenting Responses to Bullying and Harassment
  3. Developing Legally Compliant IEPs That Benefit Students: With Examples
    11:00 - 12:00, Written by Helen S. Carroll. Presented by Helen S. Carroll and Aimee E. Gilman.
    1. Evaluation Best Practices
    2. Mitigating the Chance for Legal Liabilities in the Meeting
    3. Ensuring Legally Defensible Documentation for Every Decision
    4. IEP Progress Monitoring
    5. Changing the IEP: Essential Guidelines
    6. IEP Do's and Don'ts - With Examples
  4. 504 Plan Eligibility and Accommodation Best Practices
    1:00 - 2:00, Helen S. Carroll
    1. 504 Plans vs. IEPs
    2. Eligibility Procedure Best Practices
      1. Should IDEA Procedures be Used?
      2. The ADAAA and 504 Plan Eligibility
      3. The Use of Parent-Submitted Information
    3. Determining Educationally - and Legally - Appropriate Accommodations
    4. Legal Best Practices for Students Who Do Not Need Classroom Accommodations
  5. Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs): Did the Disability Cause the Behavior?
    2:15 - 3:30, Written by Kristina W. Supler. Presented by Susan C. Stone and Kristina W. Supler.
    1. Necessary Procedures Under the IDEA
    2. Discipline Documentation: What to Include
    3. Determining if Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs), Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) and Discipline Documentation Align
    4. What to Do if MDR Results are Disputed
  6. Avoiding Disability Discrimination Complaints: Lessons From Recent Court Cases and Enforcement Actions
    3:30 - 4:30, Todd B. Kotler
    1. Ensuring Equal Access to All Programs: Sports, Gifted and Talented, Etc.
    2. Technology and Accessibility, Including Websites
    3. Ensuring Modifications and Changes in Placement are Necessary
    4. Discriminatory Suspension and Discipline Practices
    5. Inappropriate Use of Restraint and Seclusion
    6. Recognizing Racial Disparity in Special Education Programs

HELEN S. CARROLL is a partner in the law firm of Roetzel & Andress, L.P.A., where she focuses her practice on representing school districts throughout Ohio. She routinely represents boards of education in special education disputes, including complaint resolution through the Ohio Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Individualized Education Program meetings, due process hearings, and subsequent litigation. Ms. Carroll has been named to The Best Lawyers in America© for education law (2011-2018) and named Lawyer of the Year in Education Law by The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. She is a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Akron Bar Foundation. Ms. Carroll currently serves as vice-chair of the Ohio State Bar Association's Education Law Committee. She has local, state and international experience speaking to professional groups on a variety of school related topics.

AIMEE E. GILMAN is an attorney with Agins & Gilman LLC. She has been practicing law for the past 31 years. In 1998, Ms. Gilman began practicing special education law, supporting children with special needs and their families. She co-founded Special Education Services (SES) in 2001, a non-profit agency whose mission was to help families understand their children’s special education needs and legal rights, as well as to educate parents and provide technical assistance. After eight years of working for Special Education Services, Ms. Gilman went back into private practice, continuing to focus on special education law and the civil rights of people with disabilities. As the parent of a child with autism, she knows firsthand the challenges that parents face and is dedicated to helping them navigate the system in order to best serve their child’s needs. Ms. Gilman earned her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University and her J.D. degree, Order of the Coif, from Case Western Reserve University.

TODD B. KOTLER is an attorney with GRUBER, THOMAS & CO., L.P.A., where he is a general practice attorney with focuses in family law, criminal and civil litigation, as well as education law. Mr. Kotler is one of the few attorneys in Northeast Ohio practicing education law, representing clients and their families through consultations and representing them at individualized education plan team meetings, mediations, expulsion hearings, manifestation determination reviews, Department of Education due process hearings, and federal court. He advocates for parents of special needs children; defending each child's right to receive the free and appropriate public education (FAPE), guaranteed under state and federal law. Mr. Kotler was admitted to practice law in all courts of Ohio in 1999 and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio in 2001. His membership activities include the Stark County Bar Association, the Akron Bar Association (where he has held chair and vice chair positions on several committees), and the Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys. Mr. Kotler has presented to several groups on education law and has taught continuing legal education to fellow attorneys, in this area. Additionally, he has received mediation training, through the Ohio Supreme Court, Dispute Resolution Section. Mr. Kotler earned his bachelor's degree from Bradley University and his law degree from The University of Akron.

SUSAN C. STONE is a principal with the law firm of McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA. Ms. Stone is the head of the education practice group. She has a strong litigation background that includes first chair and second chair trial experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts involving criminal defense, employment issues and other forms of negligence and contract disputes. Ms. Stone has spearheaded the firm’s education practice to include higher education law, including Title IX actions addressing intimate partner violence and other forms of misconduct on campus, such as hazing; academic charges of dishonesty; and special education law, including due process complaints and the negotiation of IEPs and 504 plans. Additionally, she is a trained facilitator in restorative justice, which is a process applied to student misconduct, campus crimes and other matters that allows for the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims, as well as the community. Ms. Stone also concentrates her practice on employment law where she maintains a global view, working as a consultant to employers dealing with employment disputes and representing employees in severance negotiations. She earned her B.A. degree, cum laude, from Miami University and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Ms. Stone also received a certificate of completion in restorative justice training from Skidmore College.

KRISTINA W. SUPLER is a principal with the law firm of McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA. Ms. Supler handles a variety of criminal defense matters ranging from complex white collar offenses to sexual offenses to routine felony and misdemeanor offenses. Some of her representative client matters include internet crime and technology offenses, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, tax evasion, and theft offenses. Ms. Supler's criminal defense experience also lends itself to work within the firm’s education practice. She represents students involved in academic disciplinary matters and Title IX proceedings. In 2013, Ms. Supler was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), which is the preeminent criminal defense organization in the country with nearly 10,000 general members. In addition to being one of only 35 board members, she is an active member of the NACDL White Collar Committee and the Sixth Circuit Amicus Committee. Within the Cleveland area, Ms. Supler serves as an appointed board member for the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association. She earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Boston University and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Ms. Supler also received a certificate of completion in restorative justice training from Skidmore College.

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