Highlights

NASDSE’s Nancy Reder to Present Keynote Address

Nancy Reder, Deputy Executive Director and Director of Government Relations for the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, will provide the Symposium’s keynote address on Sunday evening, June 18, launching a week-long symposium. She is uniquely positioned to provide a Washington observer’s informed look at current federal policy in special education, identify emerging hot button issues during these turbulent times, and speculate on potential changes in the new administration.

Section 504 Coordinators Institute

The symposium offers a separable two-day (June 22-23) education component for school district Section 504 coordinators and others interested or involved in the Section 504 mandate for school districts. The participants in the Section 504 component have the option to register for one or more of the previous days in the Symposium.

The topics for the Section 504 Coordinators Institute are:

  • Comparing Section 504 and the ADA with the IDEA: Significant and Subtle Differences
  • Section 504 and the ADA in the Schoolhouse and the Courthouse
  • Section 504 Nuts and Bolts: Getting Down to Brass Tacks
  • Putting Together the Strands of Section 504 Implementation: An Informal Discussion with Colleagues

All New Advanced “Hot Topics” 

Advanced practitioners will experience a new series of three-hour hot topics:

  • You Be the Judge: Dueling Attorneys, the Facts, and the Law
  • The IDEA Settlement Process: When to Hold ‘Em and When to Fold ‘Em
  • Child Find: Foresight and Hindsight
  • Claims of Inability to Implement the Proposed IEP: Empty Promises?
  • FBA’s, BIPs, and MDRs: Legally Deciphering the Legal Alphabet Soup of Behavior Management
  • Current Supreme Court Cases: The Legal and Practical Meaning
  • Comparing Section 504 and the ADA with the IDEA: Significant and Subtle Differences
  • Section 504 and the ADA in the Schoolhouse and the Courthouse

 

zirkelp_photoPerry Zirkel to Offer National Case Law Update

Concluding the Symposium on Friday, June 23, Lehigh University’s professor emeritus pf education and law Dr. Perry Zirkel offers the National Case Law Update, a comprehensive review of the year’s published special education court decisions, including litigation trends and emerging “hot topic” issues. In addition, Dr. Zirkel will peer into his special education Crystal Ball and predict issues that may emerge in legislation and litigation in the coming year.