Understanding Basic Rights and Procedures in Special Education: Provides a comprehensive introduction to the complex special education laws and procedures. Topics include the purpose of the law, when and how to make a referral, evaluations, the Team meeting process, standards for determining eligibility, services and placement, what to do if the team decides the student is not eligible, what happens after the close of the Team meeting, parent’s response options to an IEP and parent’s procedural due process rights for resolving disputes.
Understanding the IEP: Provides understanding of the Individual Educational Plan (IEP), why it is important, how it is developed, what information belongs in each section, what types of services are included, measurable goals, what to do when you receive a proposed IEP and parent’s procedural due process rights for resolving disputes.
Transition Planning: Provides understanding of the legal requirements of the transition planning process for youth with disabilities ages 14-21 on IEPs. Topics include why transition planning is important, services that could be included, who is eligible, student and parent roles in transition planning, role of student’s vision, how to prepare for a transition planning meeting, age of majority, anticipated graduation date and parent’s procedural due process rights for resolving disputes.
Creating a Post-Secondary Vision: Explains the role of the student’s post secondary vision in transition planning, where to start, how to write a vision statement and how the vision can impact assessments and the transition planning process.
Turning Three Essentials: Explains the differences between early intervention and special education, the transition planning conference, the special education procedures including referral, evaluation, the Team meeting, eligibility determination, services, goals, placement, response options and parent’s procedural due process rights for resolving disputes.
Effective Communication: Describes how to be an effective communicator, why effective communication with the school is important, summarizes the methods of communication, how to establish effective communication with the school and parent’s procedural due process rights for resolving disputes
Suspension & Discipline in Special Education: Describes school responsibilities for discipline, range of consequences for rule violations, difference between suspensions, expulsions and emergency removals, procedures for out of school suspensions and expulsions, and legal protections for students on IEPs.
504 Plans: Explains 504 Plans, who qualifies, what it contains, and the major differences between a 504 Plan and an IEP.
MCAS: Access & Achievement for Students with Disabilities: Introduces the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and how children with disabilities can participate in meaningful ways in MCAS.
Achieving Goals (workshop for youth): Students learn about self-determination and self-advocacy skills through acceptance of their disability and recognizing and embracing their talents, abilities and strengths.
(Revised Summer 2019)