| 10:00 AM
- 11:30 AM
Details, Details: Understanding Your Rights and Why They Matter
Presenters: Dana Jonson, Esq., Jennifer Laviano, Esq
Dana and Jen are members of the COPAA Board and are each in private practice in Connecticut. Dana is a graduate of the Northeastern University School of Law. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Education from Simmons College, with a focus on Intensive Special Needs, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Fairfield University. Jennifer holds a BA in English Literature from Skidmore College, and earned her JD, cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law. Dana and Jen focus their law practice entirely to the special education rights of children and adolescents with disabilities.
(This session is FREE for COPAA Parent Members)
Description: No matter where you are in the special education process, as a parent, you need to not only understand your rights, but why they are important and how they play out in the real world of IEP meetings, Mediations, and Due Process Hearings. This workshop explores six core principals of the IDEA: Free appropriate public education (FAPE), Appropriate Evaluation, Individualized Education Program (IEP), Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Parent Involvement, and Procedural Safeguards and explains how parents can practically apply them. Practical tools are provided to parents, with basic information necessary to create a productive working relationship with their IEP team, navigate the special education system, identify when a dispute arises, and address that dispute productively.