Advocate Training: Representing Parents & Children at Special Education Proceedings

Location: online

Free and online - open to attorneys, advocates, school personnel, community leaders, and policy-makers.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.


An overview of special education law including a look at IEPs, 504s, special concerns, and the impact of COVID-19 on students with special needs.

Detailed Time Schedule

Detailed Time Schedule

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Introductions - Clinton Householder, staff attorney, Community Legal Aid

12:15 p.m. – 12:30  p.m. Advocate’s Role/How these Cases Present, Clinton Householder

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Overview of Special Education Law, Marie Curry, managing attorney, Community Legal Aid

  • Eligibility categories
  • Federal and State laws

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Evaluations for Special Education, Clinton Householder

  • Initiating and planning for the evaluation
  • Timeline
  • Independent evaluations
  • Examining the evaluation results
  • Case studies and tips

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. IEP and 504 Development and Navigating Bumps in the Road, Andrew Neuhauser, managing attorney, Community Legal Aid

  • Examining the 504 or IEP
  • Types of instruction related services available
  • School discipline for students with disabilities
  • Dispute resolution


3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Exponential Impact of COVID-19 on Special Education, Kristin Hildebrandt, Esq., Special Education Team Leader Disability Rights Ohio

  • Short-term and Long-term Effects and Damage
  • Steps to address and correct delays and deficiencies
  • Holistic approaches to getting plans back on track and achieving educational success


3.75 general credit hours requested from the Supreme Court of Ohio.