Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Protecting the Legal and Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities
|2017 Breakout Session VI|
Breakout VI - Sunday, March 5, 2017 · 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
6.1 Representing the Non-Attending Student
Presenters: Charlie Fox, Esq., and Julie Welsh, Esq.
This session focuses on the scope of the problem of non-attendance and student-friendly nomenclature. Participants learn how to counter the standard district defenses of: 1) it’s a home based problem, 2) the real issue is drug-related or social maladjustment, and 3) lack of medical and/or parental transparency. Strategies to avoid stone-walling or eligibility denial by school districts are discussed. The wide variety of case law on the topic of non-attendance and how to apply it to their own cases are presented and practical tips for evaluations and hearings are interspersed throughout the presentation.
6.2 Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match: Attorneys and Advocates
Presenters: Tania L. Whiteleather, Esq., and Hadassah Lynn Foster
Special education attorneys and advocates provide parents of children with disabilities with two different, yet synergetic services. Working together can offer pluses and minus for both parties. This session provides information regarding the legal aspects of attorney/advocate relationships and an understanding of the roles and skills required to maximize benefit to families. Case law on the subject is examined.
6.3 Ten Ways to Successfully Request an Independent Education Evaluation
Presenter: Lesli Doan, PhD
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 (IEE), 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.
6.4 The Reporting and Investigation of Abuse in Schools: Problems and Procedures
Presenters: Colleen Elbe and Kendra Hollingsworth
This presentation includes an examination of the disturbing nationwide rise in allegations of abuse at the schoolhouse. Participants compare and contrast varying state laws on the reporting and investigation of abuse at schools. Local and litigation strategies are presented after a discussion of the complexities and difficulties these cases present to parents, advocates and attorneys nationwide.
6.5 Full Inclusion: How to Fight for the LRE and What to do When You Get It
Presenter: Amy Langerman, J.D.
While the IDEA declares that children with disabilities be educated with peers without disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate, schools pay lip service to this congressional mandate and continue to warehouse children in self- contained classrooms. This session reviews the legal requirements for LRE, strategies to fight for full inclusion, and how to make inclusive practices work.
6.6 How to Reap the Benefits of Overlapping Entitlements for Students: IDEA and Medicaid
Presenters: Tara Ford and Debra Poulin
IDEA mandates the provision of FAPE to students with disabilities. Medicaid has a provision called Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment which requires that Medicaid enrolled children under the age of 21 receive all medically necessary diagnostic and treatment services. Learn how to leverage the Medicaid entitlement for students and to enhance school capacity to provide services.
Presenters: David M. Grey
Each child who is deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH) should receive an education that allows him or her to master a primary language. Development of language for DHH children requires goals, placement and specialized services suited to their language and communication needs. This presentation explains what schools are required to do to address the language needs of DHH pupils.
6.8 Using Technology to Assist in Advocacy
Presenters: Shenikwa Medlock, Akilah Ferguson, and Michael Tinglin
Do you know how to use technology for your advocacy? This presentation explains the different ways technology can be used for the business of advocacy. Topics discussed include: work collaboration, client surveys, scheduling client meetings, simplifying complex using infographics, tracking emails, streaming events online, podcasting, storing data in the cloud, legal issues arising from apps, and more.
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