Audio CD + Course Book

Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

May, 2018

Product ID#:

78928CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing education credit
is not available on this program.


  • For additional questions regarding
  • continuing education credits,
  • please contact us at 866-240-1890
  • or credit@nbi-sems.com
From Event: Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide, held May 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, manifest 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 issue 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

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit is not available at this time.
For additional questions regarding continuing education credits please contact us at 866-240-1890 or credit@nbi-sems.com.

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Essential Special Education Legal Updates You Need to Know
    9:00 - 9:45, Claire E. Parsons
  2. Bullying and Harassment: Ensuring Special Needs Students Receive Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
    9:45 - 11:00, C. Ed Massey
    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
    11:15 - 12:15, Claire E. Parsons
    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
    1:15 - 2:15, C. Ed Massey
    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 - 3:15, Mary Ann Stewart
    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, Mary Ann Stewart
    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

C. ED MASSEY is a partner in the Erlanger law firm of Blankenship Massey & Associates Attorneys at Law. Since 1996, Mr. Massey has practiced in the areas of bankruptcy, Social Security, education, military, workers’ compensation, criminal, domestic and personal injury. He was elected to the Boone County Board of Education in 1996 and continues his service today. Mr. Massey is a past president of the Kentucky School Boards and the National School Boards Association, as well as a former director on the board of the National PTA. He earned his B.S. degree, cum laude, from Eastern Kentucky University and his J.D. degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Mr. Massey is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, the Northern Kentucky Bar Association, the Kentucky Justice Association and the Chase Inn of Court.

CLAIRE E. PARSONS is a partner with Adams, Stepner, Woltermann, & Dusing, PLLC. She has handled all manner of civil rights claims through every stage of litigation. In addition to her active litigation practice, Ms. Parsons provides vital day-to-day guidance for school districts and school officials. Through her litigation experience, she has gleaned a detailed knowledge of the various civil rights statutes imposing substantive obligations on school districts, including the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Ms. Parsons uses this knowledge to guide her school clients toward a sound approach as they serve their students. She is also knowledgeable of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and provides ongoing consultation to her clients to ensure that the request for and production of student records is done in a compliant manner. Ms. Parsons is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Northern Kentucky Bar Association, Cincinnati Bar Association, Kentucky School Board Attorneys Association, Defense Research Institute, Kentucky Defense Council and the National School Board Association. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Louisville and her J.D. degree, with honors, from Brandeis School of Law - University of Louisville.

MARY ANN STEWART is a member of the Covington law firm of Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing, PLLC. Since 1988, she has practiced in the areas of school law, education law, school board defense, school board liability, and municipal law. Ms. Stewart began her career as an assistant city solicitor for the city of Covington. She was responsible for all litigation involving the police and fire departments, and worked closely with the city manager, the mayor, and city commission; the Civil Service Commission; and the Board of Adjustments. From that point, Ms. Stewart’s representation of local governments expanded to include other cities, as well as various county and regional bodies, and school boards. She earned her B.A. degree from Thomas More College in 1985 and her J.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati School of Law in 1988. She is a member of the Northern Kentucky, Kentucky and Cincinnati bar associations.

Please refer to Continuing Education Credit FAQ for general information about seeking credit for your participation in one of our continuing education programs.

Additionally, our team of credit specialists are here to answer your specific credit-related questions weekdays 7am - 5pm Central:

Phone: 866-240-1890

Email: credit@nbi-sems.com

Additional Format Options

Questions


How To Order

Web: Order Now
Call: 800.930.6182
Fax: 715.835.1405
Mail: NBI
P.O. Box 3067
Eau Claire, WI 54702