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Saturday March 4, 2017 · 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM 

 

Title

Presenter(s)

Intended Audience

4.1

From the Front Lines: My Journey from Parent to Advocate. Lessons Learned from The Darien Debacle. Why Parents Need to Unite Now!

Kit Savage

David DesRoches

 

All

4.2

Succeeding in Manifestation Determination Reviews: A Step by Step Approach for Obtaining the Best Result for Your Client (Spanish and English)

Marlies Spanjaard

Michele G. Scavongelli

All

4.3

The LRE Continuum: An Elevator, Not a Staircase

Sande Shamash

 

Attorney/Advocate

4.4

Battling Implicit Bias to Advocate for African American Students with Disabilities

Dustin Rynders

Dr. Alfreddie Felder

All

4.5

Special Challenges of Representing Clients in Rural and Low Income Areas

Josh Kershenbaum

Maria Vetter

Attorney/Advocate/Law Student

4.6

Shifting the Paradigm; Recognizing the Needs of Disabled Parent Advocates

Dena Gassner

All

4.7

Creating and Implementing an Airtight Individualized Transition Plan

Amy H. Larsen

Lisa L. Nelson

All

4.8

Ethical Questions Across the Spectrum: Students, Parents, Schools and Others—What Do You Do?

 Alexis Casillas

Roberta Savage

Attorney


 

4.1 From the Front Lines: My Journey from Parent to Advocate.  Lessons Learned from The Darien Debacle.  Why Parents Need to Unite Now! 

Presenters: David DesRoches, Kit Savage
Audience Category:     All
Audience Level: All                                                                                        

One parent, one reporter, one town with one story, together we shine a light on why the Darien Debacle story is symptomatic of a nationwide problem in all our schools and why parents need to stand together to protect their children’s rights. This session explains one parent’s journey to advocacy to activism.  Kit shares strategies for how parents can become savvy consumers of special education and David outlines his path from Darien Debacle to WNPR journalist. Strategies for individual & systemic advocacy along with national statistics on outcomes for SWD and why parents (and professionals) need to unify as one to demand accountability for our children’s civil rights to FAPE are shared.

 

4.2 Succeeding in Manifestation Determination Reviews: A Step by Step Approach for Obtaining the Best Result for Your Client 

Presenters: Michele G. Scavongelli, Esq., and Marlies Spanjaard, Esq.
Audience Category:     All
Audience Level:       All                                                                                          

Special education students are disproportionately disciplined and excluded from school. Usually the basis for the disciplinary action is in fact a behavior that is a manifestation of the student’s disability.  This session presents a step-by-step approach to effectively challenge such unlawful exclusions at the Manifestation Determination Review. This session has real-time Spanish Interpretation available via headset translation to those who request the service ahead of time on their registration form.

 

4.3 The LRE Continuum: An Elevator, Not a Staircase

Presenters: Sande S. Shamash, J.D., and Marissa J. LaVette, J.D.
Audience Category: Attorney/Advocate
Audience Level:      All                                                                                       

This session examines what the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) provision of the IDEA actually means and how the continuum of alternative placements is often incorrectly defined and misapplied by school districts and their attorneys. Congressional intent, case law and practical legal strategies are discussed and reviewed to provide participants with the tools needed to better represent clients and advocate for children in special education. 

 

4.4 Battling Implicit Bias to Advocate for African American Students with Disabilities 

Presenters: Dustin Rynders, Esq., Dr. Alfreddie Felder
Audience Category: All
Audience Level: Intermediate                                                                                        

Learn about emerging research on the role of implicit racial bias in special education and how advocates and attorneys can combat such bias in their existing practice. Attendees are also introduced to the practices of cultural humility, research on the African American learner, and creative legal approaches to addressing implicit bias.

 

4.5 Special Challenges of Representing Clients in Rural and Low Income Areas 

Presenters: Josh Kershenbaum, Esq., and Maria Vetter
Audience Category: Attorney/Advocate/Parent/Law Student
Audience Level: Intermediate/Advanced                                                                                           

Working with families who live in rural and low-income poses special challenges for lawyers and advocates.  This session outlines challenges associated with practicing special education law in those areas, such as transportation issues, communication barriers, and a lack of available resources.  Creative solutions for overcoming those problems are discussed.

 

4.6 Parents with Disabilities, When Your Best Is Not Enough 

Presenters: Dena Gassner
Audience Category: Attorney/Advocate
Audience Level: All                                                                                       

With a reasonable amount of effort, many parents acquire the skills and capacities for advocating for their children with special needs. However, for parents who also have disabilities themselves, key skills of organization, planning, social exchanges, power dynamics and understanding procedures can be extraordinarily difficult.  Many advocates enter into relationships with parents under the preconception that with enough exposure, parent advocates will gradually learn to manage the IEP process with the independent capacity to spontaneously and effectively engage in real time. However, many of the features of disabilities may mean that this is not possible for all parents.  Preemptively recognizing these limitations, seeking ADA accommodations for parents with disabilities, recognizing the need for ongoing maintenance of support as compared to a one-and-done demeanor could result in enhanced advocacy outcomes for the child.

 

4.7 Creating and Implementing an Airtight Transition Plan (ITP) 

Presenters: Lisa L. Nelson, J.D., Amy H. Larsen, MS
Audience Category: All
Audience Level: Novice:                                                                                          

All too often our students are without adequate Individualized Transition Plans (ITP).  In this presentation participants learn to create an airtight ITP with appropriate supports and services specifically tailored to the individual student’s needs.  An overview of IDEA requirements of ITP, a discussion of current best practices in the field, monitoring and implementation strategies are included.  Current evidence based practices in the field, monitoring and implementation strategies are also discussed. Why an ITP is so important to the students’ future is explained. The audience is engaged in creating and critiquing individual ITPs.

 

4.8 Ethical Questions Across the Spectrum: Students, Parents, Schools and Others—What Do You Do? 

Presenters: Alexis Casillas, Esq., and Roberta Savage, Esq.
Audience Category: All
Audience Level: All

Through reliance on Model Rules (with occasional references to state specific exceptions) this session discusses a series of ethical scenarios and where participants should start in researching what to do to resolve. Examples include: questions surrounding negotiations of services and fees, contracting district employees, post-decision appeal considerations, and other ethical dilemmas

                                                                                                                                                                                             

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