Special Education Webinars (Archived)

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Filing an Administrative Complaint for Your Child with a Disability (1/16/19) When parents believe that Early Intervention (serving infants and toddlers) or a school district has failed to follow the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the Vermont Special Education Rules, they may file a written complaint at the responsible State Agency. This webinar explains the mechanics of filing an administrative complaint, when it is appropriate to do so and expected outcomes for your child.  Presenter: Rachel Seelig, Staff Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid. View PowerPoint.

Determining Eligibility for Special Education: An In-depth Look at Adverse Effect (11/29/17)  Adverse effect is one of three criteria (also called “gates”) used to determine a child’s eligibility for special education services. Join Ernie Wheeler, Special Education Program Coordinator from the Vermont Agency of Education for an in-depth look at this criteria: What is adverse effect? What measures can be used to answer the adverse effect question? How do teams document adverse effect? A time to address audience questions will follow, as time allows. Presenter: Ernie Wheeler, Special Education Program Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Education. View PowerPoint

From Rowley to Endrew F.: What the Supreme Court Says about Special Education (9/27/17) This webinar will provide some history of special education and other education laws leading up to the Supreme Court’s 2017 decision in Endrew F. We will also take a look at how this new Supreme Court ruling might impact special education services in Vermont. Presenters: Marilyn A. Mahusky, Staff Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid and Rachel Seelig, Staff Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid. View PowerPoint.

Navigating Special Education and the IEP (8/30/17) Parents are equal partners in the development of their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Learn about special education evaluations, what it takes to qualify for an IEP, how to develop a strong IEP, parents rights, and tips for successful school meetings. Presenters from the Vermont Family Network: Karen Price, Director of Family Support-Education and Christine Kilpatrick, Family Support Consultant-Education. View PowerPoint. 

Navigating Special Education Webinar Series (Modules 1-4 12/15/16; Module 5 – 7/12/17): Module 1 (5 minutes): Overview and Referral; Module 2 (5 minutes): Evaluation and Eligibility; Module 3 (7 minutes): Individualized Education Program; Module 4 (8 minutes): Procedural Safeguards and Module 5 (8 minutes): Self-Advocacy at IEP Meetings

Vermont Systemic Improvement Plan (7/28/16). Learn about the Vermont Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) which is: To improve proficiency of math performance for students identified as having an emotional disability in grades 3-5. Presenter: Sue Cano, SSIP Project Coordinator. View PowerPoint. Guide to Results-Driven Accountability 

IEP Development: How to Develop an IEP that Meets Your Child’s Needs (1/27/16). This webinar will explore what parents should expect during the process of developing an Individualized Education Program (IEP). An emphasis will be placed upon discussing how to use both evaluation information and current classroom assessment data to identify present levels of performance and standards based goals/objectives. Considerations for how to make the best decisions related to services, accommodations/classroom supports, and progress monitoring will also be addressed. Presenter: Jennifer Patenaude, Special Education Instruction & Evaluation Specialist, North Country Supervisory Union and Special Education Presenter, Vermont Higher Ed. Collaborative. View PowerPoint.

Comprehensive Special Education Initial Evaluations and Triennial Re-evaluations (12/2/15). This workshop will explore what you should expect during both the initial special education evaluation process and the re-evaluation process in Vermont.  We will discuss why an evaluation might be necessary, consent requirements, evaluation timelines, and the responsibilities of the school.  We will also review the disability categories, Vermont’s rules regarding the three gates of special education eligibility (disability determination, adverse effect, and need), and how they impact special education eligibility. We will also discuss parental rights to an independent evaluation, if you disagree with the finding of the school’s evaluation. Presenter: Ernie Wheeler, Special Education Consultant, Vermont Agency of Education. View PowerPoint.

Assistive Technology Consideration and Resources in Vermont (9/9/15). This webinar will introduce participants to Assistive Technology as it relates to IDEA and IEP’s; review a nationally recognized model that families and school teams can use for considering and implementing Assistive Technology in school and at home; and provide information on services and funding resources for Assistive Technology in Vermont. Presenters: Amber Fulcher, Program Director, Vermont Assistive Technology Program and Leslie Ermolovich, AT Access Specialist, AT Tryout & Access Center at CDCI, University of Vermont. View PowerPoint.

Families Are Important (9/24/14). An early childhood webinar about Children’s Integrated Services -Early Intervention (CIS-EI) for families of children birth to age 3 with developmental delays or disabilities. This webinar will discuss your critical role as well as your rights as parents, what types of services are available through this important program, eligibility requirements and other resources that may be available to support your family. Presenter: Christine Kilpatrick, Family Support Consultant, Vermont Family Network. View PowerPoint.

Parents’ Rights in Early Intervention Part C (5/19/14). This webinar provides an overview of your rights when your child is receiving Children’s Integrated Early Intervention Services. Procedural Safeguards, also known as Parents’ Rights, have been determined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004, commonly referred to as IDEA, to protect parents and their children with disabilities. These safeguards are designed to help you have a leadership role in determining services for your child. Presenter: Terry Mclaughlin, Children’s Integrated Services, CDD/CIS. View PowerPoint.

Statewide Assessment and Students with Disabilities (2/19/14). With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Vermont, many parents of students with disabilities are concerned about the state wide assessment of these standards and how their children will meaningfully participate. Join us for an overview of both the Smarter Balanced and Dynamic Learning Maps Assessments that will be administered in Vermont, next school year, to all children in grades 3-8 and 11. Time will be allowed for questions at the conclusion of the webinar. Presenter(s): Michael Hock, Director of Educational Assessment, Vermont Agency of Education; and Cindy Moran, Alternate Assessment Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Education. View PowerPoint.

Funding Assistive Technology (AT) for Children (12/4/13). In this webinar, the presenters discuss the various funding streams for coverage of assistive technologies, focusing primarily on Special Education, Medicaid and private insurance. The presenters discuss each of these funding streams, including what may be covered under each, how to apply for coverage, and what to do if your request for coverage is denied. We also discuss strategies for considering when to choose which funding stream, how they compare, and how they are different. Presenters: Sam Abel-Palmer and Marilyn Mahusky, Disability Law Project Staff Attorneys, VT Legal Aid. View PowerPoint.

Every Body Moves: Adapted Physical Education in Vermont Schools (8/28/13). All students in Vermont schools are to be provided physical education for development of academic, physical, social and emotional competencies. During this webinar, speakers will outline legal requirements and best practices for adapted physical education. Attendees will hear about the roles and responsibilities of various school staff, parents and community partners. Finally, we will share resources and professional development supports to enhance adapted physical education. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and to hear from others. Presenters: Laura Baker, Educational Consultant, Vermont Agency of Education, and Lindsay Simpson, Physical Education Consultant, Vermont Agency of Education. View PowerPoint.

What does the IDEA say about the “Least Restrictive Environment?” (1/23/13). Placement is one of the most foundational (and potentially contentious) aspects of educating a student with a disability. The IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) requires that students with disabilities be educated in the “least restrictive environment” (LRE). But what does that really mean? This webinar will review the basics of LRE and discuss its implications for students, families, and educators. Presenter: Michael F. Giangreco, PhD, Professor; Department of Education and the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion at the University of Vermont. View PowerPoint.

Special Education in Mai-Mai (1/13/12). This Webinar covers the special education process including; Evaluation, Individual Education Plan (IEP), Discipline Process for students with IEP’s, Parent’s Rights and how to disagree. The webinar is interpreted in Mai-Mai, the spoken language of Somali Bantu.


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