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Special Education Law in Alabama
Audio CD
$219.99 USD
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Audio CD - 4+ hours   Instructions
5 hr 21 min
Multi-disc audio recording (5 hours, 21 minutes) with electronic manual and instructions.
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  1. Explain the requirements for locating and identifying students with special needs under the “Child Find” obligation of the “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act”.
  2. Describe the purposes and required elements of the evaluation and reevaluation process.
  3. Write IEPs with measurable goals and objectives consistent with the student needs resulting from the disability.
  4. Determine appropriate disciplinary action for students with disabilities.
  5. Describe the due process procedure.
  6. Discuss way to avoid the most common mistakes made by special education professionals.

Special Education Law – Keeping up to date

Evaluations, Eligibility Determinations and Placement

  • Child Find, including Private School Children
  • Duty to Evaluate, Procedural Timelines
  • Parental Consent - Evaluations, Programming and Placement
  • Eligibility Determinations
  • Placement Considerations
  • Graduation and Aging Out – Summary of Performance
TEAM Meetings and IEPs
  • TEAM Composition
  • Parent Non-attendance – Alternative Methods of Participation
  • Strategies for Keeping TEAM Meetings on Track
  • TEAM Decision Making
  • Move-In Students, School Choice Students
IEP Content Issues
  • Present Levels of Performance
  • Parent and Student Concerns
  • Vision Statement
  • Accommodations and Modifications
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Autism Considerations
  • Service Delivery Grids and Additional Information
  • Amendments
  • Service Plans for Private School Students
Student Discipline
  • Quick Review of Student Discipline for Regular Education Students
  • 10 Day Rule
  • Manifestation Determination Meetings
  • FBA’s and BIPs
  • 45 Day Placements
  • Students Not Yet Eligible
  • “Stay Put” Provisions
Additional Topics
  • Independent Educational Evaluations
  • Service Animals
  • Transition Planning
  • Bullying Prevention Plans
  • Parent Advisory Councils


Dr. James D. Sears practices in The Sears Law Firm in Daphne, Alabama. He received a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the University of South Florida, a master's degree in special education from the University of Florida, and a doctoral degree in special education from the University of Florida. He earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Dr. Sears began his professional career as a classroom teacher, teaching special needs students. He became a public school principal and, upon earning his doctorate, a university professor. Dr. Sears taught special education courses, assessments, curriculum development and special education law at the University of South Alabama, Bowling Green State University, the University of Alabama and Spring Hill College. Dr. Sears began the practice of law over 20 years ago in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He emphasizes the areas of special education, personal injury and criminal law.

Dr. Sears has published many articles on special education and topics related to the impact of disabilities on legal matters. He has presented lectures on these topics to groups at international, national, regional, state and local conferences. He is a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education meetings.
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