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Updates for School Reopening: Up-to-date DESE Guidance
August 17, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pmFree
This Webinar is part of a joint presentation series by Massachusetts Advocates for Children and the Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN). The next webinar in this series is on Tuesday, September 21st and will cover discipline and suspension and avoiding Child Requiring Assistance Case’s (CRA’s). Registration will open soon.
Please join us for our August Monthly Webinar! Janine Solomon, of Mass Advocates for Children’s (MAC), and Eileen Sandberg, of RTSC, will discuss issues related to returning to school this fall. Topics will include: Covid-compensatory services, changes to the hospital and home school form, evaluations, districts trying to take students off of IEPs or switch to 504 plans without evaluations, and any reopening guidance changes.
About the Presenters:
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.
Eileen Sandberg, PhD. coordinates the Pathways for Parents program at FCSN, and is a Recruitment, Training and Support specialist for Special Education Surrogate Parents. The Pathways program provides support on special education issues to programs funded by the Department of Children and Families, including the 27 Massachusetts Family Resource Centers, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and the Family Advisory Committee to DCF. Eileen has five young adult children, all of whom had IEPs in their school years.