2024 Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS)

2024 Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS)

Date and Time

Saturday, March 2, 2024

  • Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 23, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location

Warren Hall

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

Cost

Varies

Details

Thank you for your interest in USD School of Law Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS). This year, we return to an in-person format but will also offer a Zoom option, so you can attend SELAS virtually or in-person.

With a goal of providing important and useful information on special education law and practice, the University of San Diego School of Law offers its Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS). This specialized program not only educates participants about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and other related laws and includes an in-depth look at Regional Center services, it also offers practical tips for special education advocacy. Past participants have included parents of children with disabilities, professionals working in related fields, school district staff, related services providers (such as speech and language pathologists), attorneys, and others.

The series includes six seminars, which may be taken individually or as a complete program. The seminars are taught by experienced special education attorneys as well as a licensed clinical psychologist. No textbook is required and each seminar includes electronic handouts. A “Certificate of Completion” will be given to all enrollees who complete all six seminars.

Seminar Dates and Topics

  • Sat., March 2- Seminar 1: Intro to Disability / Regional Center Services / Early Intervention
  • **please note there is no seminar on Saturday, March 9, 2024
  • Sat., March 16 - Seminar 2: Assessments / Eligibility & Entry
  • Sat., March 23 - Seminar 3: IEP Process
  • **please note there is no seminar on Saturday, March 30, 2024
  • **please note there is no seminar on Saturday, April 6, 2024
  • Sat., April 13 - Seminar 4: IEP Implementation and Compliance / Discipline & Behavior
  • Sat., April 20 - Seminar 5: Post-Secondary Transition / Section 504 and ADA
  • Sat., Apr 27 - Seminar 6: Dispute Resolution / Charter Schools / Bullying / Title IX 

 

Registration Information


Each of the six, six-hour-long seminars may be taken individually, or the entire series may be purchased in full at a discounted rate.

Registration Category Fee          
Full Series (six seminars) must be purchased in advance $500        
Individual Seminar (cost per seminar)            $100        
USD Law Student & USD Employees  FREE

** Non Profit / Education / Government employees receive a discount of 25%. Please select the ticket labeled Non-Profit/Ed. You will be asked to submit your non-profit or school affiliation for verification. 

  • 2024 Special Education Law and Advocacy Series Agenda

    2024 Special Education Law and Advocacy Series Agenda
    **There will be no class on the following dates: Mar 9, 2024, March 30, 2024. April 6, 2024.**

    Saturday, March 2, 2024
    SEMINAR 1: INTRO TO DISABILITY/REGIONAL CENTER SERVICES/EARLY INTERVENTION


    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Moisés Barón, Ph.D.
    1a. Impact of Disability on the Family
     - Definition of Disability, clinically and under IDEA and 504
     - Epidemiological Data
     - Family Adaptation to Child Disability
     - Family Needs Identification and Intervention Model (NIIM©)
     - Barriers in accessing advocacy services


    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Instructor: Wendy Dumlao, Esq.
    1b. Regional Center Services & Collaboration with Other Agency Services
    - In-depth look at Regional Center eligibility & services
    - Other agency services: IHSS; SSI; DOR
    - Income requirements for some public services
    - Coordination of all services with school district services


    3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Wendy Dumlao, Esq.
    1c. Early Intervention, Birth-5
    - Part C of the IDEA and Early Intervention: Birth to age 3
    - Transition from Individual Family Service Plan to IEP
    - Initial IEP
    - Services for Preschoolers
    - Transition to kindergarten

    Saturday, March 16, 2024
    SEMINAR 2: ASSESSMENTS/ELIGIBILITY & ENTRY


    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Margaret (Mimi) Adams, Esq.
    2a. Assessments
    - Assessment areas and methodologies
    - Consent
    - Timelines
    - Understanding the written assessment report
    - Special issues in assessments: behavior, aides (Special Circumstances
    Instructional Assistance), mental health, medical, assistive technology


    2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Matthew Storey, Esq.
    2b. Special Education Part B Eligibility and Entry
    - Child find and referrals
    - Eligibility categories
    - Participants in private or charter schools
    - Foster Participants, homeless Participants, and incarcerated or
    - institutionalized youth
    - Residency issues

    Saturday, March 23, 2024
    SEMINAR 3: IEP PROCESS


    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Megan Nunez, Esq.
    3a. The IEP Process, Part 1
    - Connecting the dots for an appropriate IEP
    - What is FAPE?
    - Present Levels
    - Goals
    - Placement, including LRE
    - Related services
    - Special factors, accommodations, and modifications


    2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Jennifer Varga, Esq.
    3b. The IEP Process, Part 2
    - Procedural Safeguards
    - Parent participation
    - Scheduling the meeting
    - Mandatory and optional IEP team members
    - Recording
    - Consent, partial consent, and disagreement
    - Records requests
    - FERPA (Family Educational Rights Protection Act)

    Saturday, April 13, 2024
    SEMINAR 4: IEP IMPLEMENTATION AND COMPLIANCE/DISCIPLINE AND BEHAVIOR


    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Josh M. Walden, Esq.
    4a. IEP Implementation and Compliance
    - Observing Participants at school
    - The role of data
    - Requesting IEP team meeting
    - IEP amendments
    - Timelines for implementation and compliance
    - Student progress on goals and report cards
    - Compliance Complaints


    2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Margaret A. Dalton, Esq.
    4b. Discipline and Student Behavior
    - Behavior Issues and the IDEA
    - Discipline
    - Suspensions
    - Expulsions
    - Zero Tolerance
    - Manifestation Determinations
    - Requirements
    - Honig Injunction
    - Stay Put
    - Restorative Justice and Threat Assessments

    Saturday, April 20, 2024
    SEMINAR 5: POST-SECONDARY TRANSITION/SECTION 504 AND ADA


    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Summer Stech, Esq.
    5a. Post-Secondary Transition
    - Transition to Adulthood and Post-Secondary Education
    - IDEA requirements in secondary transition
    - Individual Transition Plans
    - Preparing Participants for employment
    - Preparing Participants for post-secondary education
    - Preparing Participants for independent living
    - Self-determination and transition Interagency Collaboration


    2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Jazmine Gelfand, Esq.
    5b. Section 504 and ADA Basics
    - Federal Rules and Regulations/State Rules
    - Case Law
    - Appeals
    - Comparison of 504 and ADA

    Saturday, April 27, 2024
    SEMINAR 6: DISPUTE RESOLUTION/CHARTER SCHOOLS /BULLYING/TITLE IX


    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Dean Adams, Esq.
    6a. IDEA Dispute Resolution
    - District Informal Dispute Resolution
    - Mediation “Only”
    - Due Process Hearings

    - Filing requirements
    - Resolution Session
    - Mediation
    - Hearing Process
    - Settlement Agreements
    - California Office of Administrative Hearings

    - Remedies
    - Compensatory Education (parent remedy)
    - Reimbursement (parent remedy)
    - Prospective services and placement (parent remedy)
    - Order for assessment (district remedy)
    - Order that school district’s offer is FAPE (district remedy)
    - Order of Stay Put (parent or district remedy)

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Instructor: Margaret Dalton, Esq.
    - 6b. Other Related Laws of Importance
    - Bullying
    - Title IX and Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
    - Recent appellate cases (9 th Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court)

    3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Leslie Lacher, Esq.
       6c. Charter Schools



  • Certificate of Completion

    CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

    Participants who complete the entire Core Series will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of San Diego School of Law. Participants are eligible for the Certificate even if they complete the Core Series over several terms, so long as all seminars are completed within three years.

    Participants may choose to enroll in as many, or as few, seminars as they choose to meet their professional or personal goals. However, participants must complete the entire Core Series to receive the Certificate.

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