Special Education Symposium Topics

Topics for Spring 2017

Here and Now: Understanding the "Clear Written Offer of FAPE"

Back in 1994, the Ninth Circuit ruled that a school district must make a formal written offer in the IEP that identifies the student's proposed placement in a manner that is clear enough to permit parents to make an intelligent decision whether to agree or disagree. More than 20 Years later, courts and OAH continue to wrestle with what constitutes a "clear written offer." In this session, we use several case examples to examine the numerous and varied issues that can pose problems for districts when IEPs are called into question for being less than sufficiently clear. We also provide valuable practical pointers for IEP teams in drafting and designing legally compliant documents. 

All Things Considered: Autism Eligibility Revisited

When California's special education regulations were overhauled in 2014 to conform to the IDEA, a new list of "characteristics often associated with autism" replaced the former seven "autistic-like behaviors" to be used in determining eligibility for special education. This session explores the new definition in detail and, through an in-depth look at selected cases decided after the new regulations became effective, examines how OAH is employing and interpreting the new regulatory language in autism eligibility disputes.

Spotlight on Practice: Managing Manifestation Determinations

The variety of IDEA rules governing when and how to conduct appropriate manifestation determinations ("MDs") continue to cause confusion and create challenges for school districts. In addition to a refresher on all of the legal procedures and timelines for conducting an MD review, this session, through recent illustrative OAH case examples, highlights the most common MD pitfalls for IEP teams, provides solutions to those problems and offers numerous practical tips to help districts avoid unnecessary conflicts and costly litigation.

Legal Update

This popular session brings you everything you need to know about the latest developments in special education law, including an overview of new decisions from the Office of Administrative Hearings and key court rulings, as well as important federal guidance, updates on pending cases and noteworthy legislative developments.

Full Registration - includes both Fall & Spring sessions:

Single Session (Fall or Spring):

Each Session Includes:

  • Three presentations on timely topics, plus Legal Update
  • Lively, interactive Q & A
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Presentation and resource materials

SES SPRING 2017 Dates

San Diego Area
March 3, 2017

San Jose
March 9, 2017

Concord (East Bay)
March 10, 2017

Los Angeles
March 17, 2017

South Bay (w/feeds)
March 23, 2017

Inland Empire
March 24, 2017

Sacramento Area
March 31, 2017

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