Regional Center Registration for Empowering Autism

Important update for our parent training: Parents of children who are San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) clients, may register at no cost.

If your child is a client at another California regional center, please contact your caseworker with our vendor number (PQ9906) and request direct payment for your conference registration.

Friday, October 18, 2013
3-6:30 p.m.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Panel Discussion – “Judicial and Practitioner Perspectives on the Special Education Litigation Process”

Join the special education litigation discussion in beautiful Solana Beach and learn from seasoned California Office of Administrative Hearing judges and special education practitioners.


Margaret Dalton, Esq.


Timothy A. Adams, Esq.
Ernest Bell, Esq.
ALJ Darrel Lepkowsky
ALJ Judith Pasewark

EBCALA has extended invitations for additional participants to join the panel. ALJ participation has been approved by OAH. A final list of panel participants will be announced to registrants upon confirmation.

Reception on the Patio

Panel discussion will be followed by a catered reception for our panel participants hosted by the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law & Advocacy. It will be a lovely evening on the patio for participants to network while enjoying appetizers, wine and soft drinks.

This session is structured for legal professionals. We also have legal training specifically for parents.

Help Us with the Panel Questions

We don’t just want you to attend the panel discussion. We want you to participate in developing questions for the panel. Please submit your suggested questions now.

3-4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
4:30-5 p.m. Questions & Answers
5-6:30 p.m. Reception on the Patio (appetizers, wine & soft drinks)
Fee Schedule Early
Until Oct. 3
Oct. 4-17
On-siteOct. 18
Private Attorneys & Advocates $100 $125 $150
Judges & Non-profit Attorneys $75 $100 $125
Law Students $50 $75 $100

Register for CLE

Saturday, October 19, 2013
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

This is an intensive legal training opportunity exclusively for parents/grandparents of children with autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities.* Please see our Continuing Legal Education for professional training.


Timothy Adams, Esq.

Lynne Arnold, MA

Wendy Dumlao, Esq.

Karen Fessel, Dr. PH

Cara Lucier, Esq.

Mitchel Perlman, PhD

Kim Mack Rosenberg, Esq.
Summer Stech, Esq.

Conference Fees**
Registration Options Early – Until Oct. 3 Regular – Until Oct. 17
Individual $40 $60
Couples – One Workbook $60 $80
Couples – Two Workbooks $70 $90
Family Law Lunch – Addt’l Fee** $15 $20
Box Lunch – Addt’l Fee** $15 $15
Time Session Presentation Title – Read Complete Session Descriptions
8-8:30 a.m. 1 Welcome & Legal Overview
8:30-9 2 Preparing for Advocacy
9-9:45 3 Long-term Planning Process
9:45-10 BREAK
10-10:30 4 Assessments: Understanding the Legalities
10:30-11:45 5 Assessments: The Neuropsychological Perspective
11:45-1 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
12-12:50 6 Optional – Family Law Lunch
1-2 7 IEP Strategy
2-2:10 BREAK
2:10-3:10 8a REGIONAL CENTER – Birth to 12 Years
Choosing Your Battles: When and How to Access Services from the Regional Center and other State Programs
8b REGIONAL CENTER – 13+ Years Old
Maximizing Independent Living
3:10-3:20 BREAK
3:20-4:20 9 Navigating the Maze of Health Insurance
for Autism-related Interventions
4:20-5 p.m. 10 Questions & Answers

Register for Parent Training

*Sorry, this training is not open to professionals. All attendees are required to show documents (IEP, IPP, IFSP, diagnosis, etc.) confirming they are a parent/grandparent/legal guardian to a child affected by an autism spectrum disorder or related developmental disability. There are no exceptions to this policy.

**Scholarships to families in need are available upon request. Please contact us.

***Family Law Lunch is limited to ONLY 45 attendees and cost is additional to conference registration. Please register early if this topic is important for your family.

Support Empowering Autism

We need both volunteers and financial support from individuals and companies to further our mission to provide trainings and resources addressing the legal hurdles faced by the autism community. Please contact us to get involved and please see the sponsorship opportunities for the conference.