Special Education Symposium Topics

Topics for Spring 2020



HERE AND NOW:  Assistive Technology and FAPE

The IDEA and California law require IEP teams to consider whether a student with a disability requires assistive technology ("AT") devices and/or services to receive a FAPE. Technology advances and emerging case law pose increasing challenges for districts to comply with this legal mandate. This session examines AT through an overview of statutes—including the new California law requiring districts to increase students' access to AT—and regulations, recent decisions and official guidance. We will discuss responding to parental AT requests, assessments and factors to consider in determining whether AT is necessary for FAPE, incorporating AT into the IEP, the use of AT devices outside of school, and much more.


ALL THINGS CONSIDERED:  English Learners with Disabilities

Recent statistics show that while approximately 12 percent of California's students qualified for special education services, 16.6 percent of the state's English learners ("ELs") were identified as students with a disability. Through an in-depth analysis of selected recent decisions from the Office of Administrative Hearings, our focus on ELs provides legal insight into the process of referral and identification, assessment plans and procedures, ensuring meaningful parental participation, and the provisions of appropriate IEP services. Drawing on these case examples, we will also provide practical take-away compliance strategies to help you better meet your educational responsibilities to ELs with disabilities.


SPOTLIGHT ON PRACTICE:  Service Animals at School

Service animals can assist students with a variety of disabilities, including hearing, visual and physical impairments. But a service animal might not be necessary for a student to access his or her education. And the presence of the animal could pose safety risks or trigger allergic reactions among other students. This session looks at the intersection of various statutes governing the rights of students to bring their service animal to class and draws practical lessons from judicial and administrative decisions—as well as recent federal guidance—in this still-developing area of law. 



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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