Friday, June 28, 2013

Lunch & Learn Seminar July 30, 2013 - Know Your Educational Rights Under the Law

Sponsored by Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC)
Bring a Brown Bag Lunch & Please Join Us!

Guest Presenters: Hope N. Kirsch, Esq. & Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, Esq.

The presentation will begin with an overview of the federal special education law, “Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act” (IDEIA), state law and notable case law decisions interpreting the legislation.

The presentation will also address:
• The rights of students with special needs in public and charter schools
• Whether a student is entitled to IDEIA protections at private schools
• Requirements of FAPE (free and appropriate public education)
• LRE (least restrictive environments)
• Evaluations and reevaluations
• Placement
• The IEP itself
• Timeline and discipline procedures
• Other laws (No Child Left Behind, FERPA)

Helpful hints will also be provided that most parents do not know about and schools might not clearly inform the parents about.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Campus for Exceptional Children
300 N. 18th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006

$20 per person
$15/per person when registering as a group of 2 or more

Arizona Autism Coalition Parent Members: You are eligible for a 20% discount using a discount code provided by the Coalition. For more information about the Coalition and this discount program, please visit their website at or contact them via email at

For purchase order payments, please send P.O. to

Contact & Registration:

For additional details, please contact Sheri Dollin at (480) 603-3284
or email

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Professional surfer inspires children with autistim to smile

Pro Surfer Israel Paskowitz Uses His Unique Expertise to Help Autistic Children
It was a summer day in 1969 on Tourmaline Canyon Beach in San Diego, when Israel “Izzy” Paskowitz fell in love with surfing. He was 6 when his father, legendary surfer Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, took him out to ride together on his board. “I will never forget that wave,” says Izzy, “it was my kick off into the tribe.” Considered the first family of surfing, Izzy is the fourth of nine children of Doc and Juliette. They lived a nomadic life in a 24-foot camper and traveled the country for roughly 23 years.
By the time of Izzy’s first surfing experience, Doc, a Stanford graduate and a doctor, had left his career to fulfill his love of travel, family and surfing. Doc believed true wisdom did not come from formal education but from life experience and surfing. The family’s journey is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film, "Surfwise."
Izzy naturally became a pro surfer. In 1983 he beat legends of the sport and soon became a world champion long-boarder. He won national and international events, including Australia’s Coke Classic Championship and the Hang Ten Classic. At the height of his career he landed a Nike cover ad standing next to Bo Jackson, Michael Jordan and Andre Agassi.
“With my beautiful wife, Danielle, by my side, I felt invincible, like I was king of the world, “ Izzy recalls. But then their second child, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age 3. “It took me a long time to accept his condition, to even say the word 'autism.' I had the dreams of any professional athlete: that my son would be just like dad, and it wasn’t looking like that.” Izzy ran from reality and continued to travel, drink heavily and surf professionally until Danielle gave him an ultimatum: Come home to take care of his son or leave the family for good.
A contest in Hawaii in 1996 inspired the greatest and most rewarding endeavor of Izzy’s life. Isaiah, then 5, was having an uncontrollable tantrum on the beach due to sensory overload, a symptom of autism. He took Isaiah in the ocean and they paddled out together on his board through the waves, just as his father had done with him. “A calm came over him. He was loose and relaxed, and genuinely happy,” says Izzy. “He was a regular boy out there doing what I always dreamed of doing with him.”
IMG_3134From this magical moment, Izzy and Danielle founded Surfers Healing, a free, one-day surf camp in which professional surfers take out children with autism. Today, Surfers Healing gives 3,000 kids a year in 22 camps across the country the opportunity to feel the same calm and joy Isaiah felt.
“I am not going to find a cure,” says Izzy. “But I do know now that I can ride waves with autistic kids and we are not going to charge a penny for it. These are the best days in my life.”

Monday, June 17, 2013

Arizona Special Education Law, seminar June 25, 2013

Hope Kirsch and Lori Kirsch-Goodwin will be featured speakers at the National Business Institute's seminar ARIZONA SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW:
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Phoenix Airport Marriott
1101 North 44th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008

With the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, professionals working with special needs children know that an understanding of special education law is crucial. You need to know the law in order to deal with complex questions that arise on a regular basis. Who pays when a special needs child is placed in private schooling at the parents' election? How can a school create the least restrictive environment and promote inclusion to the best interests of all students? It can be costly if you don't know. Register today!

•Strengthen your knowledge of how recent special education legislation affects school policies and operation.
•Evaluate the legal protection offered by the Individualized Education Program (IEP).
•Successfully handle disciplinary actions for students with disabilities.
•Explore the role of manifestation determination reviewing the legality of disciplinary actions.
•Understand the rights of special needs students so you can avoid inadvertent illegal actions that may lead to a lawsuit.
Who Should Attend
This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed specifically for professionals who work with children with special needs in the school setting. Those who should attend include:

•School Administrators
•Board Members
Course Content
I.Establishing the Framework of Special Education Law
II.Unraveling the Requirements of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
III.Successfully Handling Disciplinary Actions for Special Needs Students
IV.Ensuring Successful Due Process Procedures
V.Protecting the Rights of Children With Special Needs
Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00

International Association for Continuing Education Training – IACET: 0.60

Teacher Education Credit – Teacher Education Credit: 6.00