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FCSN Webinar: Lack of Progress and Compensatory Services
September 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Last year was challenging for students and many families are concerned that their student may have lost skills or was not able to fully access the services provided. In this FCSN webinar, attorneys Tim Sindelar and Janine Solomon will address lack of effective progress, the legal standard for compensatory services , and options for dispute resolution. The one-hour webinar will feature several case scenarios and have a moderated Q&A session at the end. The webinar will be recorded and available after the presentation on the FCSN YouTube channel.
About the Presenters:
Timothy Sindelar is a solo practitioner in Newton, whose practice focuses on the representation of children and adults with disabilities, including special education and other litigation concerning the rights of children to essential services such as education and health care. Before entering private practice, Mr. Sindelar spent over 20 years in public interest law, including eight years as a senior staff attorney at the Disability Law Center in Boston, where he divided his time between work in the special education and health. Mr. Sindelar also worked in legal services programs in Massachusetts, Nebraska and West Virginia, as both an attorney and program director. Mr. Sindelar has also taught in the law schools of Northeastern University, Boston College, West Virginia University, and the University of Nebraska. Mr. Sindelar has represented hundreds of families in matters before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals and the state and federal courts on special education issues. He has also worked with parents groups on legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to special education and health issues and served on a number of advisory groups for the Massachusetts Departments of Education and Mental Retardation and the Disabled Persons Protection Commission. Tim has presented testimony to committees of the United States Senate and the Massachusetts General Court on education and health matters. Mr. Sindelar is a frequent speaker at trainings and conferences on special education and children’s health.
Janine Solomon, Esq. is MAC’s Managing Attorney and Children’s Law Support Project (CLSP) Director. Janine has significant work experience in the fields of special education and disability discrimination law and policy. She has represented numerous children and their families in efforts to obtain appropriate special education services and placements. She was lead counsel in the matter of In Re: Dracut Public Schools, representing a student with autism in a ground-breaking decision on the rights and obligations that arise under the transitional service provisions of the IDEA. Janine has trained extensively on a wide range of special education issues. She has also testified on proposed amendments to M.G.L. Chapter 71B to enhance protections for students with disabilities.
Prior to joining MAC, Janine was Of Counsel at the Boston law firm of Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP (KCS), where she practiced in the area of Special Education & Disability Rights. Janine represented and advised parents in all aspects of special education, including at education team meetings, mediations, administrative hearings before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA), and federal court proceedings in matters involving violations of federal and state special education law. Before joining KCS in 2013, Janine worked for eighteen years at the Disability Law Center (DLC) in Boston on matters involving special education and discrimination against persons with disabilities. She began at DLC in 1995 with a primary focus on general discrimination law, and starting in 2002, she concentrated her practice exclusively in special education law.