EBCALA 2011 Training Track 2

8-8:15 a.m. Introduction: Tim Adams, Esq. and Lynne Arnold
8:15-8:45 IDEA Overview
Tim Adams
8:45-10 Assessments & Evaluations
Tim Adams and Lynne Arnold
10-10:15 Morning Break
10:15-noon The GUD Assessment
Mitchel Perlman, PhD
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch
1-3 IEP Strategy
Tim Adams and Lynne Arnold
3-3:15 Afternoon Break
3:15-4:30 IEP Strategy(continued)
Tim Adams and Lynne Arnold
4:30-6 pm Q & A

Speakers

Tim Adams, Esq. received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine and his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. He is admitted to practice as an attorney in California, in the United States District Courts—Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, as well as before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has served as an adjunct professor and Associate Director of the Special Education Advocacy Clinic, Pepperdine University School of Law. He is actively involved in educating parents and professionals throughout the United States in presentations and seminars to disability rights organizations and parent support groups including Autism One, National Autism Association, National Epilepsy Foundation Annual Conference and Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). He has also trained Orange County Superior Court Judges regarding special education law in a presentation entitled "Ensuring the Best Interests of Children in Family Court Matters" (March 2008). He has been interviewed and quoted in publications including the Daily Journal, the Orange County Register and the nationally published magazine Parenting; He is Adams & Associates’ Principal.

Lynne Arnold is Talk About Curing Autism’s (TACA) Advocacy Education Coordinator. Through conference presentations and mentoring, she helps parents to understand their child’s rights to appropriate interventions and education. Lynne is the editor of Autism: Asserting Your Child’s Rights to a Special Education by David A. Sherman. She has presented at Autism One, National Autism Association Conference, Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT), Autism Society of America and other autism groups.

Mitchel D. Perlman, Ph.D., focuses on the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents who have specialized needs and/or who are involved in chaotic-intense-traumatic-critical situations. Known for the comprehensiveness of his investigatory assessments (psychodiagnostic, psychoeducational, neurocognitive), Dr. Perlman is often called on to be the impartial independent examiner in juvenile, family, civil and special education proceedings. He lends his expertise and keen insights to children/teens who have stepped away from the mainstream and/or who have gotten themselves in over their heads – emotionally, legally or in relation to others. He is involved in assessing some of the most fascinating individuals, and he has a knack for detecting and/or explaining things that have often gone unnoticed or that have been misunderstood. For example, in many children who had been diagnosed with autism and mental retardation, Dr. Perlman has found near-gifted to gifted intelligence and has been instrumental in guiding parents to the resources to unlock it.

Session #1 – IDEA 2004 Overview
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is federal law that creates civil rights and substantive protections to children with disabilities. Do you understand your school district’s legal obligations to your child under federal law? Come learn the basic framework of IDEA 2004 as well as the implications of recent case law in the context of achieving a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for the special needs child.

Session #2 – Assessments/Evaluations
What does a thorough assessment entail? How do you know if your child’s capabilities and needs have been adequately and accurately assessed? Assessing the child in all areas of suspected disability is the legal obligation of the district and usually the most important building block of the IEP. Without an accurate assessment, it can be nearly impossible to place the child in the correct program that capitalizes on his abilities.This session will explore common contradictions and misinterpretations in district assessments that result in inappropriate recommendations. The most important aspects of an independent educational evaluation as well as critical ages for assessment will be covered.

Session #3 – IEP Strategy
The first step to effectively controlling the IEP process is determining the appropriate strategy to gain leverage with the school district. The IEP process will be broken down into components to teach parents how to evaluate the best course of action in each situation. We will discuss how parents can more effectively respond to district objections to parental and independent expert recommendations. Techniques for forcing district personnel to fully explain their positions and district "policies" will be explored. Parents will learn how to apply these concepts to their child’s individual needs and their district.

Session #4 – Questions & Answers
What does all of this information mean to advocating for your individual child? Parents are encouraged to submit their questions to integrate the lessons learned with a new plan of action.