Why should you come?
Read about what our past attendees have to say about how valuable Law Day was in helping them to become a more effective advocate for their special needs child.
Law Day Sessions
Law Day is intensive training designed to get parents up to speed quickly and will cover extensive information. To facilitate this process, each participant will receive a workbook with supporting information on key concepts, selected sections of IDEA, background facts on case studies as well as recommended reading and resources.
SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
- Documentation, letter writing, gathering and evaluating documents
- IEP Goals
- Independent educational evaluations
- Extended school year services (ESY)
- NRC's Educating Children with Autism
- When and how to use the services of a special education attorney
- Stay Put
- Prior Written Notice (PWN)
- Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
Session #1 – IDEA 2004 Overview
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is federal law that creates civil rights and substantive protections to children with disabilities. Do you understand your school district's legal obligations to your child under federal law? Come learn the basic framework of IDEA 2004 as well as the implications of recent case law in the context of achieving a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for the special needs child.
Session #2 – Preparing for Advocacy
The critical fundamentals of creating a document trail, letter writing and understanding your child's IEP will be addressed.
Session #3 – Assessments/Evaluations
What does a thorough assessment entail? How do you know if your child's capabilities and needs have been adequately and accurately assessed? Assessing the child in all areas of suspected disability is the legal obligation of the district and usually the most important building block of the IEP. Without an accurate assessment, it can be nearly impossible to place the child in the correct program that capitalizes on his abilities.This session will explore common contradictions and misinterpretations in district assessments that result in inappropriate recommendations. The most important aspects of an independent educational evaluation as well as critical ages for assessment will be covered.
Session #4 – IEP Strategy
The first step to effectively controlling the IEP process is determining the appropriate strategy to gain leverage with the school district. The IEP process will be broken down into components to teach parents how to evaluate the best course of action in each situation. We will discuss how parents can more effectively respond to district objections to parental and independent expert recommendations. Techniques for forcing district personnel to fully explain their positions and district "policies" will be explored. Parents will learn how to apply these concepts to their child's individual needs and their district.
Questions & Answers
What does all of this information mean to advocating for your individual child? Parents are encouraged to submit their questions to integrate the lessons learned with a new plan of action.
May 23, 2013