DEDICATED TO EMPOWERING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES TO PROTECT AND EXERCISE THEIR RIGHTS IN SCHOOLS AND BEYOND
It's time that students with disabilities take their rightful place as equal members of their educational planning teams, and so we are thrilled to welcome them into the unparalleled peer-to-peer network that is COPAA.
To empower students to protect and exercise their rights, we are launching the first ever Student’s Rights Initiative Symposium consisting of 3 days of training and networking!
Congress passed the IDEA, Section 504, The ADA and other federal and state laws to protect equal rights and access to educational opportunities. COPAA members have experienced, time and time again, the full synergistic force of effective IEP teams; where parents and students are equal members, the team works collaboratively, and the resulting individualized program gives the student a real shot at life enrichment as the result of receiving a meaningful, quality education.
The SRI Symposium is your opportunity as a student (at least 14 years of age) to learn, face-to-face, effective strategies from the COPAA network and other self-advocates. Learn information and approaches to enforce your civil right to equal opportunity.
Friday, March 11, 2016
3:00-4:30 Welcome Activity - led by Hasan Davis, COPAA's Opening Keynote Speaker
5:30-6:30 Keynote Address with COPAA 2016 Conference attendees
6:30-8:30 Movie Night / Pizza Party at the hotel for students only (with chaperones)
Saturday, March 12, 2016
8:00-10:30 Working Breakfast: What do you think your rights are?
10:30-12:00 Breakout 1: Self-Advocacy and its role in the laws
12:00-1:30 Awards Lunch with COPAA 2016 Conference attendees
1:30-2:45 Breakout 2: Sample IEP Meeting (Demonstration)
3:00-4:15 Breakout 3: What’s out there? A presentation on possible interventions and accommodations available in school
4:15-5:45 Breakout 4: Planning Session: Figure out what you need and how to get it through the planning process
6:30-8:30 General Reception
Sunday, March 13, 2016
8:00-10:00 Working Breakfast: Past IEP recipients show how IEPs can work and prepare students for a lifetime of success
10:15-11:15 Breakout 5: Brief case-law in review and discussion of the broader disability movement trends
11:15-12:45 Breakout 6: Planning for how to spread the message back home
This exciting conference sells out early. (Cost is $50.00 to attend. Travel and Hotel costs are on own). Deadline for applications is February 15, 2016.
Please share this opportunity with anyone you think would be a good candidate for the Symposium, and join the SRI and COPAA in the mission of Protecting Rights, Creating Opportunities and Changing Lives!
SRI is Sponsored by the lawfirm Newman Aaronson Vanaman