Advocate Training: Representing Parents & Children at Special Education Proceedings

Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
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

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Special Education Law Overview, Marie Curry, Managing Attorney, Community Legal Aid Services

  • State Disability Categories
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • State and Federal Law Update


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. IEPs, 504s, and the Advocate’s Role, Clinton Householder, Esq., Staff Attorney Community Legal Aid Services

  • Processes and Timelines
  • How issues and cases arise and take shape
  • Developing a plan
  • Case studies and case handling tips


2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break


2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Navigating Bumps in the Road, Andrew Neuhauser, Esq., Managing Attorney Community Legal Aid Services

  • Evaluations, Assessments and Testing
  • Suspensions, Expulsions, and Manifestation Determination Reviews
  • Special Concerns


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.