Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Upcoming presentation for families, advocates and providers: 17th Annual Autism Society of Greater Phoenix Conference

Legal Track Track

9:00-10:00    Resolving Special Education Disputes:  Behind the Scenes with a School Attorney, Parent Attorneys and a Former State Complaint Investigator – Heather R. Pierson, Esq., Maureen Ringenoldus, M.Ed., Hope N. Kirsch, M.A.(Ed.), Esq., and Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, Esq.- Have you ever had a problem, disagreement or dispute with your child’s school?  Ever wonder whether you have a “case”?  Ever wonder how best to resolve the issue?  This is a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how a parent attorney evaluates your case, how a state investigator investigates, and how a parent attorney negotiates with the school attorney to resolve the issues to avoid Due Process.

10:30-12:00  3 Hot Topics in Special Education-Bullying, Discipline and Placement vs Location- Hope N. Kirsch, M.A.(Ed.), Esq. and Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, Esq. – Special education attorneys will walk parents and professionals through the legal ins and outs of three of the most pressing issues that students with disabilities encounter. Parents and professionals will understand the legal rights and protections that both the parents and student have in the areas of bullying, discipline and placement/location decisions, and parents and professionals will improve their advocacy skills and learn how to handle these special education issues and disputes with confidence.

Upcoming presentation: Special Education Legal Disputes Involving Students with Autism

Special Education Legal Disputes Involving Students with Autism
This course, presented by two nationally recognized special education attorneys, will provide a comprehensive overview of the different laws applicable to the education of students on the autism spectrum, including the IDEA and the Americans with Disabilities Act, focusing on issues and cases involving students with autism, and providing an overview of DSM-V and its impact on special education eligibility. The course is for school attorneys, parent attorneys, disability attorneys, educators, school board members, and attorneys in other practice areas who have an interest in special education law. In this guide to special education laws impacting students with autism, our experienced faculty will walk you through the differences between DSM-4 and DSM-5 as it applies to students with autism, legal ins and outs of proving need for eligibility for students on the spectrum, services, supports and placement of students on the autism spectrum, as well as discipline and bullying and harassment of students with autism. Learn how to handle special education legal issues for this unique population with confidence.
Key topics to be discussed:
  • Laws impacting students on the autism spectrum, including the IDEA and the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • IEP versus Section 504, IDEA and Due Process versus the ADA and OCR
  • Evaluations and Proving Need for Eligibility of, and Autism Label for, Students on the Spectrum
  • IEP’s for Students with Autism
  • Disciplinary Issues Involving Students with Autism
  • Bullying and Harassment of Students with Autism
  • Avenues of Dispute Resolution for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Friday, September 2, 2016

FAPE, Bullying, Discipline

Parents, advocates, attorneys and providers:  We will be presenting on November 5, 2016 at the Annual Arizona Autism Coalition Conference

What's This Thing Called FAPE: A Parent's Guide to Special Education,
Hope Kirsch, Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC          

Discipline & Bullying Involving Students with ASD,
Hope Kirsch & Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC      

2016 Annual Arizona Autism Conference