Thursday, April 30, 2015

What is Prior Written Notice ("PWN")?

Prior written notice ("PWN") is notice that public schools and charter schools must give to the parents of a child with an IEP within a reasonable time before the school changes, or refuses to change, the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of the child or changes the provision of FAPE to the child. The PWN must provide information sufficient to explain exactly what is being proposed or refused, the date when this change will become effective, the reasons why the school is taking the action, and what other options were considered.  The PWN is sent AFTER the school or IEP team offers a proposal and before the action will be implemented, of after the refusal to take the action.  Schools and parents are oten confused by the timing of prior written notice because of the word "prior." she said. If the PWN is sent before the school gathers parent input, it may show predetermination, which is not prohibited because parents are part of IEP Teams and thus team decisions.
AZ Special Education Lawyers

Monday, April 20, 2015

Seminar - Arizona Special Education Law

Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch attorneys Lori Kirsch-Goodwin and Hope Kirsch will be presenting at an upcoming seminar, Arizona Special Education Law.

With the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, professionals working with students with special needs know that an understanding of special education law is crucial.  This seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of the special education laws to help parents and school professionals deal with complex questions that arise.  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?
  • Strengthen your knowledge of how recent special education legislation affects school policies and operation.
  • Learn the legal protection offered by the Individualized Education Program (IEP).
  • Learn about disciplinary actions for students with disabilities.
  • Understand the rights of special needs students and their parents.

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed specifically for professionals who work with children with special needs in a school setting. Those who should attend include:
  • School Administrators
  • Superintendents
  • Board Members
  • Principals
  • Teachers
  • Attorneys

Course Content

  1. Establishing the Framework of Special Education Law
  2. Unraveling the Requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  3. Ethics in Special Education Law
  4. Successfully Handling Disciplinary Actions for Special Needs Students
  5. Ensuring Successful Due Process Procedures
  6. Protecting the Rights of Children with Special Needs
Register here for the seminar in Flagstaff, AZ on May 12, 2015
Register here for the seminar in Phoenix, AZ on May 13, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Autism Resources

Arizona Autism United

Autism Society of Greater Phoenix
Autism Society of Greater Tucson
Autism Speaks
Advanced Training Solutions
Arizona Association for Behavior Analysis
Arizona B.E.A.C.O.N.
Arizona Cooperative Therapies
AZA United
Behavioral Consultation Services of Northern Arizona
Bell Family, LLC
The BISTÃ… Center
Building Bridges for Autism
Dads 4 Special Kids
Devereux Arizona
Feeding Matters
Firefighters vs Autism
Flip Dunk Sports
Guthrie Mainstream
Hacienda Healthcare
Highland Behavioral
Independent Living Experience
Kids with Autism Can
Kidscope, LLC
Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC
Lauren’s Institute For Education (L.I.F.E.)
Liberty Center for Language & Learning, LLC
National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)        
Northern Arizona University, Institute for Human Development
Play ABA
PlayAbility Toys
Positive ABA
Positive Pursuits ABA Tucson
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Raising Special Kids
ResCare HomeCare
S.E.E.K. Arizona
Sensory Goods
Solomon Pediatric Dental
Southwest Human Development
Square One
Trumpet Behavioral Health
Touchstone Behavioral Health
Tucson Alliance for Autism
UCP of Central Arizona
Youth Evaluation and Treatment Centers