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T-3 Ensuring the Student with Autism is Receiving FAPE Under Both IDEA and Section 504


One Day Session

Thursday, March 8th

9:00 am - 5:00 PM

Audience Category: Attorney/Advocate/Related Professional

Audience Level of Expertise: Intermediate


Brief Session Description:

This session discusses how to assess whether a student with Autism is accessing his or her educational program pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and receiving FAPE under the IDEA.




Hillary D. Freeman, Esq.
Freeman Law Offices LLC
103 Carnegie Center, Suite 101
Princeton NJ 08540


Bobbie Gallagher, BCBA
Autism Center for Educational Services (ACES)
1140 Burnt Tavern Road, Suite 2C
Brick, New Jersey 08724


Presenter(s) Biography(ies):

Hillary D. Freeman is deeply committed to her work representing people with disabilities and their families. As the sister of a man with autism, she is able to combine personal experience with her legal training to help families advocate for services and supports. She has experience representing clients in special education and Section 504 issues, higher education issues including accommodations on high stakes testing and graduate school admissions tests, guardianship matters, estate planning and adult services. She was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers & Magazine for 2013, 2014 2015, 2016 and 2017. She has been honored with Robin Sims Trailblazer Award in 2015. She holds a JD from Widener University School of Law and practices in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Ms. Freeman is a member of Council of Parent and Attorney Advocates ("COPAA"); has been awarded the Community Partnership Award from the Family Resource Network and Family Support Center of New Jersey (2012); former Vice President of Learning Disabilities Association of New Jersey; member of ASCEND: Asperger & Autism Alliance for Greater Philadelphia: Executive Board (2010-Present); Learning Disabilities Association of New Jersey (Professional Advisory Board) (2009-2012); Quest Autism Programs: Human Rights Committee (2009-2010); New Jersey State Bar Association, Elder and Disability Law Section (2008-present); Member of International Dyslexia Association (2006-present); Member of COSAC/Autism New Jersey (2005-present). 


Bobbie Gallagher has worked in the field of autism since 1997, shortly after the two youngest of her three children were diagnosed with autism. Bobbie started out in the role of an advocate helping parents to attain services through the IEP process, and later began to work directly with families and children providing 1 to 1 ABA therapy in both home and clinic settings, while also getting her Master’s degree in Special Education.  It is through these experiences that she was hired by families, schools and agencies to train staff in the principles of ABA and teaching techniques designed to increase acquisition of skills and communication and decrease maladaptive behaviors in individuals with autism.


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