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 Breakout Session VI (Sunday, March 13th 11:30-12:45)



Ø 6. 1 Sexuality Education and IDEA: An Overlooked Civil Right

Presenters: Sondra Kaplan, LCSW, Louis Geigerman

Audience Category: All Attendees

Audience Experience Level: All Levels

Description: The purpose of special education is to prepare students for further education, employment and independent living. It is vital for persons with disabilities to have the information that they need regarding sexuality, as there is a higher risk and disproportionate incidence of sexual abuse for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Information is also needed to protect against sexually transmitted diseases. A person has a right to the development of relationships, the right to marry and the right to parenthood. A person has the right to self-determination in choice making.  Clearly, all of the aforementioned rights are integral parts of independent living, which IDEA was enacted to promote.  This presentation provides guidelines and evidence-based instruction for comprehensive sexuality education with case examples in each of the six key concepts: Human Development, Relationships, Personal Skills, Sexual Behavior, Sexual Health, Society and Culture. Recommendations for suggested IEP language and parental involvement are discussed.


Ø 6.2 Improving Testimony through a Legal, Forensic Approach

Presenter: Dr. Leslie Strasser Murdock, PhD, JD, Dr. Lisa Durette, MD, DFAPA

Audience Category:  All Attendees

Audience Experience Level: All Levels

Description: Federal and state laws mandate that in order for children to receive special education services, they must be found eligible as “a child with a disability” and “in need for special education services.” To help determine eligibility and understand what particular special education services are needed for a child, parents and attorneys often seek out experts, professionals, and service providers in specialty areas (i.e. professors, psychologists, behavior management specialists, OT/PT therapists, speech/language pathologists, etc.) to provide evaluations for school meetings and hearing preparation. This session discusses working collaboratively with experts to help ensure that expertise maximizes school-based services using special education law.


Ø 6.3 Be Buddies, Not Bullies: Issues with Bullying of School-aged Children

Presenter: Maureen van Stone, Esq., MS

Audience Category: All Attendees

Audience Experience Level: Novice / Intermediate

This session provides a comprehensive analysis of the issues of bullying, harassment, and intimidation, specifically as it relates to children with disabilities in the school setting. Attendees learn to identify types of bullying, who is affected by bullying, where bullying occurs, and why bullying is a problem in the school setting. An overview of the issues of bullying, harassment, and intimidation of students with disabilities, an analysis of evidence-informed prevention strategies, an overview of federal guidance and state laws and policies, a case law summary, and best practices to address the issue are provided.

Ø 6.4 Discipline for Students with Disabilities: Support Rather than Exclusion

Presenter:  Rebecca Shore, Esq., Dawn Yuster, Esq.

Audience Category:  All Attendees

Audience Experience Level: All Levels

Description: Students with disabilities, especially those with attention, behavioral and emotional challenges, are disproportionately subjected to overly harsh and exclusionary discipline practices, rather than provided the positive supports and interventions that will allow them to be educated in the classrooms with their peers.  This session presents the rights of students with behavioral challenges, and individual and systemic advocacy strategies that provide support for students with disabilities instead of excluding them from school.


Ø 6.5 Discrimination Claims Affecting Children

Presenters: Amy Walters, Esq., Mario Salas, Esq.

Audience Category: Attorney

Audience Experience Level: Novice / Intermediate

Description: Beyond the IDEA, there are numerous federal laws that protect youth with disabilities against discrimination.  Attorneys with expertise in special education law may be less familiar with the legal tools available to address both individual and systemic discrimination facing their clients. This session addresses the various legal avenues for addressing discrimination claims of youth with disabilities, including claims based upon disability, race, gender, and national origin (language). The session will use case examples from Virginia and Nationwide.


Ø 6.6 Title: It’s Called Child Find, Not “Child Wait”

Presenters: Sarah Flohre, Esq., Deborah Jacobson, Esq., Kimberly Glassman, Esq.

Audience Category: All Attendees although the advocacies focus will be on legal advocacy.

Audience Experience Level: Intermediate, some background knowledge of Child Find is required.

Description: This presentation provides the audience with a multiple jurisdiction perspective for an in-depth overview of advanced advocacy strategies for ensuring your school district has appropriate policies and procedures in place to find children who may be eligible for services, and for how to plead successful child find claims on cases for hard to find youth.  Participants leave this session with a clear understanding of the Child Find obligations; tools for identifying evidence and pleading strong allegations for failure to identify youth in due process hearings (and for advocacy in IEP meetings and other processes); and, information and examples of systemic advocacy done in different jurisdictions to improve overall Child Find practices.


Ø 6.7 Preventing School Problems at the IEP Table

Presenter: Missy Alexander, Advocate and Mallory Finn, Esq. 

Audience Category: All Attendees

Audience Level of Experience: Novice / Intermediate

Description: Often, with a little forethought, Individualized Education Program (IEP) Teams can predict and prevent school crisis and problems, some of which have the potential to threaten the life of the student and his or her classmates. Often, when parents ask the Team to address a potential problem, the response is that there is no current concern and that the Team will address the problem if it occurs. IDEA 2004 mandates that IEP teams address the child’s anticipated needs . . . or other matters.” 34 CFR § 300.324 (a) (iv) & (b). Participants discuss this specific right to bring forward prospective questions, concerns, and recommendations to the Team, and will learn ways to get these proactive and preventative ideas into the IEP.


Ø 6.8 - A View From Both Sides of the Bench in Due Process –Hearing Officer and Parent/Attorney Perspective

Presenters: Deusdedi Merced, Esq., Jesse Cole Cutler, Esq.,

Audience Category: All Attendees

Audience Experience Level: Novice / Intermediate

Description: Litigation sometimes is the only option to resolve a special education dispute.  This session explores how hearing officers make decisions, what they are thinking, and what truly irks them during the hearing process. Guidance on best practices when appearing before hearing officers is provided and participants are taken through each phase of the hearing process – from essential pre- hearing activities to the opening statement, presentation of evidence, and witness examination. 

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