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2017 Webinar Series 2: Successfully Using Advocacy Tools
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This is a (4) four session series of webinars training providing valuable information for all in the special education advocacy community. Sessions focus on a variety of topics including IEE's, reading, ADHD, and mental health.Registrants are welcome to participate in the entire series for a discounted price or individual webinars or best value is purchasing an annual subscription.

 Export to Your Calendar 7/11/2017 to 6/27/2018
When: 4 Session Series - Dates are Below
Where: Webinar Virtual Classroom
United States
Contact: COPAA Training Committee

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COPAA 2076 Webinar Series 2: Successfully Using  Advocacy Tools

This is a (4) four session series of webinars providing much sought after training on IEE's, Reading, ADHD, and Mental Heath. Add tools to your tool box and sharpen your skills by attending these valuable sessions. Registrants are welcome to participate in the entire series for a discounted price or individual webinars. Yearly Subscriptions are also available, and need to be purchase via a separate registration process.

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* All webinars are recorded and playback instructions are provided


2.1 Ten Ways to Successfully Request an Independent Education Evaluation

Date/Time: Tuesday, 7/11/17, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenters: Leslie Doan

Description: This is a visual presentation of the popular late night Advocate discussion with COPAA's "Ask a Psychologist," a monthly tele-webinar outlining issues pertaining to school psychology and special education. In today's special education world, there appears to be a lack of information about what defines an Independent Education Evaluation, and how to successfully request one from a respective school district. This discussion examines the appropriate steps to take in requesting an Independent Education Evaluation.

2.2 Improved literacy outcomes for children with Intellectual Disabilities: What we know about effective evaluation and intervention

Date/Time: Wednesday, 7/19/17, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenters: Anne I. Treimanis, Esq. and Kathleen M. Whitbread, Ph.D.

Description: Yes, students with Down syndrome can become proficient readers! It starts with an appropriate evaluation. This session will explore 1) what the research tells us about effective literacy instruction for students with ID; 2) the components of a comprehensive reading evaluation, including special considerations for students with ID; and 3) efficient and useful progress-monitoring practices.

2.3 Advocating for the Elephant in the Room: Using Special Education Advocacy to Address Youth Mental Health Needs

Date/Time: Thursday. 7/20/17, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenter: Sarah Flores, Esq.

Description: For many years, parent attorneys and advocates have urged that the Rowley standard (that educational programs for students with disabilities must provide "more than a trivial educational benefit") is outdated and does not reflect the high expectations for students with disabilities that Congress articulated in the 1997 and 2004 amendments to IDEA. Courts have rejected this argument, noting that Congress did not explicitly override Rowley when it amended IDEA. This webinar offers an alternative approach to enforcing IDEA's substantive guarantees: Educational Benefit Review. This method, which is now used by several State Educational Agencies to monitor students' IEPs, enables advocates, hearing officers and judges to evaluate the quality of a student's program against explicit statutory requirements of IDEA that, collectively, must be met for a student to receive educational benefit. The webinar presents the case that Educational Benefit Review is a powerful tool that can help us avoid the perverse results of some recent cases.

2.4 Impact of ADD/ADHD and Executive Functioning and Equal Educational Opportunity

Date/Time: Tuesday,  8/22/17, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenters: Matthew D. Cohen, Esq.

Description: This session focuses on understanding ADHD and executive functioning deficits and the impact on behavior, academics, and school success.   Content includes the responsibilities of the LEA to provide an appropriate evaluation and education including supports and accommodation under IDEA, ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  The July 2016  “Dear Colleague,”  letter from the U. S. Department of Education with the accompanying resource guide is reviewed and utilized to clarify the fallacies of school district responsibilities to students with an ADD diagnosis.  Common advocacy concerns and strategies are presented.

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