Special Education Symposium Topics

Topics for Fall 2019



HERE AND NOW:  Re-examining Child Find

Since we last covered child find several years ago, California has seen a significant spike in due process hearings alleging that districts have failed to carry out their obligation to identify, locate and evaluate children with disabilities. This session takes a fresh look at the scope of child find responsibilities through an overview of statutes, regulations, key new decisions, and official guidance. Through recent case examples, we'll cover events that can trigger the duty to assess, the potential consequences of failing to meet child find requirements, and much more.


ALL THINGS CONSIDERED:  Serving Students with ADHD

Litigation involving eligibility, services and placement for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ("ADHD") is on the rise. Through an in-depth analysis of important decisions from the Office of Administrative Hearings, this session examines evolving issues in serving this group of students, including eligibility and assessment considerations, developing "appropriately ambitious" goals after Endrew F., and providing special education and related services in the least restrictive environment. We will also provide practical compliance strategies to help you better meet your educational responsibilities to students with ADHD.    


SPOTLIGHT ON PRACTICE:  Restraint and Seclusion

Although neither the IDEA nor Section 504 explicitly prohibit the use of restraint or seclusion, employing these techniques-or other aversive interventions—to address the behavior of students with disabilities can violate both of these statutes, as well as California law. This session draws practical lessons from judicial and administrative decisions—as well as recent federal guidance—in this highly controversial and increasingly litigated area so that districts can take the necessary proactive steps to avoid mistakes before they occur. 



This highly popular session provides an overview of the most important recent cases from the Office of Administrative Hearings and the courts—and why they matter to special educators.  We also highlight new guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on several relevant topics, as well as newsworthy legal developments affecting special education in educators in California.



Full Registration - includes both Fall & Spring sessions: $385

Early Bird Registration:
Special rate through Sept. 16, 2019
$360 per registrant, includes both Fall and Spring sessions

Single Session (Fall or Spring):

Each Session Includes:

  • Three presentations on timely topics, plus Legal Update
  • Lively, interactive Q & A
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Presentation and resource materials

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