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Breakout II - Saturday, March 4, 2017 ▪ 1:30 PM-2:45 PM

Title

Presenter(s)

Intended Audience

2.1

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

Mary Baker-Eaddy

All

2.2

Myths and Misperceptions: A Guide to Help Parents Make Informed Decisions Using Accurate Information

Missy Alexander

Louis Geigerman

Parent

2.3

Fostering Success: Legal Strategies to Address the Educational Needs of Youth in Foster Care

Beth Cruz

Carrie Mason

Lydia Burris

Attorney|Advocate|Related Professional|Law Student

2.4

The Independent Educational Evaluation - Roadblocks to Getting a Truly Independent IEE

Tania Whiteleather

Lisa Peskay

Attorney/Advocate

2.5

"Putting Feet on the IEP: Implementation, Fidelity Data, and Progress Monitoring"

Sandra Dixon Shove

Ann Simun

Attorney/Advocate/Related Professional/Parent

2.6

Discovery Issues in IDEA Cases

Sonja D. Kerr

Dorene Philpot

Attorney

2.7

Revisiting Educational Methodology: the Procedural Duty to Try New & Novel Approaches

Joseph Daniel Thomas

Sheri L. Bianchin

Attorney

2.8

Obtaining Services for Children of LEP Parents: The Next Frontier (Spanish and English)

S. James Rosenfeld

All

 

 

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

Presenters: Mary Eaddy Baker
 
Audience Category: All
 
Audience Level:       Novice/Intermediate                                                                                        

Based on our combined 50+ years of advocacy skills and training in advocating for children and families – 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.

 

2.2 Myths and Misperceptions:  A Guide to Help Parents Make Informed Decisions Using Accurate Information

Presenters:  Missy Alexander, Louis Geigerman
Audience Category: Parent
Audience Level:       Novice/Intermediate

Parents learn about rights and responsibilities in order to better advocate for their child’s right to FAPE.  However, there are many myths and misperceptions shared at IEP meetings that derail advocacy efforts; for example, “a child’s diagnosis is under the medical model of the disability, not the educational model.”  The purpose of this presentation is to identify and debunk these myths and misperceptions, giving participants tools to use to effectively overcome objections. 

 

2.3 Fostering Success: Legal Strategies to Address the Educational Needs of Youth in Foster Care

Presenters: Beth Cruz, Esq., Carrie Mason, Esq., and Lydia Burris, MSW
Audience Category: Attorney/Advocate/Related Professional/Law Student
Audience Level: Intermediate                                                                                       

This presentation focuses on the educational needs of children in foster care.  Information on the impact of childhood trauma on the developing brain is provided, highlighting areas of educational concern that may result from such trauma. Educational surrogacy for children in foster care, and practice pointers for attorneys and advocates are discussed.

 

2.4 The Independent Educational Evaluation - Roadblocks to Getting a Truly Independent IEE

Presenters: Tania Whiteleather, Esq., Lisa Peskay

Audience Category:     Attorney/Advocate

Audience Level:       Novice/Intermediate

IEEs are one of two ways that parents can gain the "firepower" to fight an LEA's assessments, recommendations, and services. There are pitfalls to obtaining a truly independent IEE, and many mis-steps that parents and their advocates can make in requesting or agreeing to an IEE through an LEA. This session examines many of those pitfalls, along with agency letters, administrative decisions, and court decisions regarding timelines, rights to an IEE, and conditions placed on a parent's IEE evaluator.

 

2.5 Putting Feet on the IEP: Implementation, Fidelity Data, and Progress Monitoring

Presenters: Ann Simun, PsyD, and Sandra Dixon Shove

Audience Category: Attorney/Advocate/Related Professional/Parent

Audience Level: Intermediate/Advanced

                                                                                    Parents, advocates, and attorneys invest much time and attention into developing IEPs that are reasonably calculated to provide meaningful educational benefit, but what comes next? How can you know if the program is working? What kinds of information can be requested in between annual IEP reviews? Must parents simply sit back and watch while the school staff takes over? Discuss answers to these questions and effective strategies for post IEP development advocacy.

 

2.6 Discovery Issues in IDEA Cases

Presenters: Sonja D. Kerr, Esq., and Dorene Philpot, Esq.
 
Audience Category: Attorney
 
Audience Level:   Advanced

This session is designed to provide an overview of discovery issues and problems that may arise particularly during the administrative hearing in IDEA cases. States have different procedures and some permit more formal discovery than others. Participants learn how to maximize the strategic use of discovery options and respond to discovery requests of districts in focused ways designed to improve success at hearing.

 

2.7 Revisiting Educational Methodology: The Procedural Duty to Try New & Novel Approaches

Presenters: Joseph Daniel Thomas and Sheri L. Bianchin
 
Audience Category:  Attorney
 
Audience Level:  Advanced

 In 1989 the 1st Circuit in Timothy W. found Districts have a procedural duty to try new & novel approaches. This session present legal developments bearing on this duty beyond any substantive right to FAPE found for any specific educational methodology. Presenters will explain practical ways to re-assert this procedural duty using IEP proposals, pleading components & illustrative examples.

 

2.8 Obtaining Services for Children of LEP Parents: The Next Frontier

Presenter: S. James Rosenfeld, Esq.
Audience Category: All
Audience Level: Intermediate

 Parental participation in and consent to their child’s education is at the heart of the IDEA. Meaningful participation and informed consent require oral and written communication throughout the process. After reviewing the difficulties faced by parents with limited English proficiency (LEP parents), this session examines the legal criteria available to determine whether adequate “language access services” are being provided to parents. This session has real-time Spanish Interpretation available via headset translation to those who request the service ahead of time on their registration form.

 



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