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Workshop Topics

Basic Rights in Special Education: Provides a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures. (workshop updated fall 2017)

An IEP for My Child: Explains the Individual Education Program (IEP) document, its development, how to articulate a vision, write measurable annual goals, monitor a child’s progress and understand how the document will support a student.

Turning Three Essentials: Provides information about the procedures for transitioning a child from Early Intervention (EI) to special education. (workshop updated fall 2017)

Suspension & Discipline in Special Education: Identifies the shift in student discipline from zero tolerance to safe and supportive schools, summarizes district’s behavioral expectations, identifies legal protections for students on IEPs and 504 Plans, clarifies difference between suspensions, expulsions and emergency removals, describes out-of-school suspension procedures, and explains limits on use of restraints. (workshop updated winter 2017)

504 Plans: Explains the rights and responsibilities of a 504 Plan, who is eligible, what it contains, and the major differences between a 504 Plan and an IEP.

Intro to the Transition Planning Process: An overview of the transition planning process for youth with disabilities ages 14-22 on IEPs.

Creating a Post-Secondary Vision: Builds on a youth’s strengths to develop a post-secondary vision and establish action steps to reach their goals.

Achieving Goals (workshop for youth): Students learn to develop self-determination and self-advocacy skills through acceptance of their disability and recognizing and embracing their talents, abilities and strengths.

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.

Effective Communication: Describes how to be an effective communicator, explains why effective communication with the school is important, summarizes the methods of communication, clarifies how to establish effective communication with the school, and describes options when concerns can’t be resolved. (workshop updated winter 2017)

(Revised March 2018)