Seminar Detail

Special Education Law in Illinois
Special Education Law in Illinois

Where:   BOURBONNAIS, IL

When:  Friday, November 22, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM

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Course Description:

One of the greatest challenges that you face today is ensuring compliance and implementation of the IDEA. With the many recent changes in both federal and state special education regulations, it is essential that you not only have an awareness of the changes taking place, but also have an understanding of how these changes impact your day-to-day activities and the students you serve. A cursory knowledge of the law or applying common sense does not begin to protect school districts and professionals against the potential legal and financial consequences of misinterpreting special education regulations. Attend this seminar for the latest information on developments in the reauthorized IDEA and gain practical advice on how to effectively implement IDEA requirements in order to ensure compliance with the regulations while meeting the needs of students with disabilities. Find answers to the following questions and many more.
  • What are the current Best Practices?
  • How can data assist in IEP defense and litigation?
  • How can I better support our schools, teachers and special education staff?
Objectives:
  1. Analyze IDEA and Section 504 principles and policy basics.
  2. Establish policy basis for the major disability laws.
  3. Communicate four strategies to help avoid due process and other issues.
  4. Ascertain three strategies that properly address behavioral and disciplinary concerns.
  5. Reconstruct the IEP development process that meets regulatory requirements.
  6. Explore sensitivities to ethical considerations in the delivery of special education and physical accommodations.
OUTLINE

The Rules: Legal Basis and Policy Basics
  • Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act
  • Basis and Goals
  • Development of the Law
  • Compare/Contrast Laws
  • Section 504
  • Special Education Considerations
  • General Education Particulars
  • Who’s eligible, and who’s not (And why it’s critically important to know the difference)
    • Criteria best practices
    • Differences between Section 504 and IDEA eligibility
LRE is Not Just a Place
  • Does placement determine IEP?
  • IEP best practice considerations
  • Smart Goals and Objectives
  • Dyslexia is not (any longer) a four letter word
  • The biggest ticket
Rules for Identification and Evaluation
  • IDEA
  • Evaluation Options
  • The IEE is not a blank check
    • How to properly (and efficiently) address Independent Evaluation requests
    Staying out of Trouble; Simple Ways to Avoid Due Process
    • Comegno Combat Rules
    • Practical Suggestions
    • Capitalizing on District Resources
    • What wins cases? (Or more importantly, how can we best address student needs?)
    • Data
Discipline and Behavioral Intervention
  • Constitutional Limitations
  • General Education Rules and Regulations
  • IDEA
  • Regulatory Concerns
  • MDs, FBAs, and Other Great, Important Acronyms
    • Everybody loves a pony
    • How (and when) are service animals a Special Education issue?
  • Tips
Effective and Compliant IEPs
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Practical Considerations
  • Who? When? How? How Long?
  • Consent considerations
    • They need to sign it. (Right? I mean, don’t they?)
Ethical Considerations
  • Student Records Issues
  • ”Need to Know”
  • Rules; FERPA, IDEA, State Rules
  • Team Involvement
  • Involvement of Teacher and Others
  • Transgender issues
    • He wants to use which bathroom?!
  • Scenarios
  • Case Law
Target Audience

  • General Education Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • Psychologists
  • School Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • School Nurses
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Related Service Providers
  • Other Helping Professionals that work with Children

JOHN B COMEGNO II, JD

John B. Comegno, II, Esquire, founder and president of the Comegno Law Group, P.C., is recognized as a leading school law practitioner, representing public and independent schools through the Northeast region. He is a member of the bars of the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and has litigated special education disputes across the United States. He lectures to professional groups throughout the region and regularly appears as a keynote speaker for national groups across the country.

Mr. Comegno has broad experience in the area of special education and Section 504 litigation. He regularly mediates special education disputes and tries Due Process Hearings. Working closely with directors of special education, case managers and members of child study and IEP teams to quickly deal with special education issues on a day-to-day basis, Mr. Comegno has extensive experience dealing with disability-specific legal issues and is accustomed to providing quick and thorough legal assistance. He provides counsel regarding the eligibility, evaluation, and classification process.

Mr. Comego also has extensive experience in handling general, day-to-day student issues. These range from compulsory education, student safety and disciplinary incidents, to constitutional concerns involving free speech and religious expression. In addition to handling union negotiations, Mr. Comegno is involved in a variety of labor and employment issues including confidentiality and reporting requirements for teachers and staff and sexual harassment in the school setting, including teacher-to-teacher, teacher-to-student and student-to-student harassment.

Drawing from hundreds of lectures in thousands of educational practitioners across the country, John’s lectures are equal parts legal/practical guidance and humor, wit and entertainment. Attendees regularly follow John’s lectures on an annual basis and report that his lecture style not only well-informs but also engages and entertains.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: John Comegno II is president of Comegno Law Group PC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: John Comegno II is a member of the American Bar Association; and the New Jersey State Bar Association.
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Counselors
This intermediate activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Illinois Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

Indiana Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


Educators/Teachers
This activity qualifies for 365 minutes of instructional content as required by many national and state licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

Illinois Educators:
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6.0 ISBE Professional Development (PD) Clock Hours will be made available through Quincy University.

Indiana Educators: 6.0 Professional Growth Points are available for full attendance at this seminar per the Indiana Department of Education standards.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Psychologists
This live activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline and the certificate of completion you receive from this live activity. Contact us for more information on your state board or organization specific filing requirements. American Psychological Association credits are not available.

Illinois Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc is an approved provider with the State of Illinois, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 268.000102. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours.

Indiana Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc is an approved provider with the Indiana Board of Psychology. Certificate #: 98000998A - Category I. PESI maintains full responsibility for this program and its contents. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours.

Psychologists/School Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. PESI is offering this activity for 6.0 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Speech-Language Pathologists
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This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).


Social Workers
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PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.0 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Illinois Social Workers: PESI, Inc is an approved provider with the State of Illinois, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 159-000154. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours.


Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 365 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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