Autism in Special Education: Legal Disputes Involving Students with Autism (2018 Edition)

$195.00

Live Broadcast on June 22, 2018

CLE Credits earned: 2 GEN

This course, presented by two nationally recognized special education attorneys, will provide a comprehensive overview of the different laws students on the autism spectrum, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504, and the most up-to-date case law involving student with autism including the Supreme Court decision in Endrew F and how different courts are applying the new “standard.”

The course is for school attorneys, parent attorneys, Administrative Law Judges, Hearing Officers. Attorneys who practice in the areas of disability law, criminal defense and family law attorneys, judges presiding over disputes involving an individual with autism, and educators, school governing board members, and attorneys in other practice areas who have an interest in special education law.

In this guide to special education laws impacting students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), our experienced faculty will begin with a discussion of the different medical and educational definitions of autism, and then walk you through various disputes involving students with autism, from eligibility, to 504s and IEPs, FBAs and BIPs, discipline, and bullying and harassment. Learn how to handle special education legal issues for this unique population with confidence.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   What is autism?
•   Laws impacting students with autism
•   Medical diagnosis of autism vs. educational eligibility
•   Creating a meaningful IEP for students with autism in light of the case of Endrew F
•   Bullying and harassment involving students with autism
•   Avenues of dispute resolution

Date / Time: June 22, 2018

•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Central
•   10:00 am – 12:00 pm Mountain
•   9:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, Esq., is a founding member of the Arizona special education law firm, Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC. She is a 30+ year trial attorney whose practice for the past 15 years has been devoted to devoted to education and special education matters on behalf of students and their families. Lori has a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and her law degree from Bridgeport (now Quinnipiac) University. She is the mother of a young man on the autism spectrum. Lori began advocating for special needs students when her own son was found eligible for special education when he was in Kindergarten. Lori is regularly involved in eligibility (MET) meeting, IEP meetings, MDRs, disciplinary due process hearings, OCR complaints and mediations, IDEA Due Process, and DDD appeals. She is admitted to the state and federal bars in New York, New Jersey and Arizona, and in the 9th Circuit. Lori is an AV® Preeminent rated attorney by her peers and judges (5.0 out of 5.0), representing the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. Lori prevailed in a case before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that involved appropriateness of a school’s selection of location of a school for a student on the spectrum.


Hope N. Kirsch, M.A.(Ed.), Esq., is a licensed special education teacher and 25-year attorney. She practices education and special education law with her sister, Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, at Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC, representing K-12 and higher education students throughout Arizona in school-related matters including advocacy, Due Process, 504s, OCR, discipline and bullying. Hope was a special education teacher and coordinator in the New York City public schools for 18 years where she worked with the most challenging populations and supervised and trained teachers in teaching strategies, curriculum development, writing IEPs and behavior management. She has a Bachelor’s degree in special education from Boston University, a Master’s degree in special education from NYU, 30+ post-graduate credits in educational supervision and administration, and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. She is admitted to the state and federal bars in New York, New Jersey, Arizona, and in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Hope was instrumental in the passage of the first legislation in Arizona addressing restraint and seclusion. Hope is an AV® Preeminent rated attorney by her peers and judges (5.0 out of 5.0), representing the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards, and serves as a Judge Pro Tem in the Superior Court of Arizona.

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