First Wednesdays: Eliminating Bullying for Children with Disabilities

Children and Family Services Building, Training Room 1 601 E. 5th Street, Charlotte, NC

Too many students experience bullying at school, and often families feel powerless when they learn that their student is being bullied. Students with disabilities are more likely to be bullied than their non-disabled peers, and it can have a profound impact on their ability to learn. This workshop will explore the obligations of schools to take immediate action when they learn that bullying is occurring to a student with a disability, and steps you can take to protect your students.

First Wednesdays: School Discipline for Children with Disabilities

Children and Family Services Building, Training Room 1 601 E. 5th Street, Charlotte, NC

IEP, FBA, BIP, MDR, OSS, ISS…Find out how to decipher all the acronyms and learn more about school discipline processes for students with disabilities. Suspensions from school impede your student’s learning and overall academic achievement, and often are related to your student’s disability. This workshop will help you understand the laws protecting students with disabilities when they are excluded from school and how to better advocate for your student’s emotional and behavioral needs.

First Wednesdays: Strategies for a Successful IEP Meeting

Children and Family Services Building, Training Room 1 601 E. 5th Street, Charlotte, NC

Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings can be stressful for families of students with disabilities. This workshop is designed to help parents, caregivers, and professionals working with students with IEPs feel better equipped to advocate successfully during these meetings. You will learn when to request an IEP meeting, how to prepare for the meeting, strategies to use during the meeting, and best practices following the meeting.

First Wednesdays: Special Education Evaluations

Children and Family Services Building, Training Room 1 601 E. 5th Street, Charlotte, NC

Have you ever wondered why your student receives so many different assessments during the Individualized Education Program (IEP) evaluation process? Would you like to know more about what those assessments are, and how to interpret them? This workshop will explain the basics of the evaluation process and commonly used assessments so that you can use the results to better advocate for services and supports for your students.

First Wednesdays: Special Education Conflict Resolution

Children and Family Services Building, Training Room 1 601 E. 5th Street, Charlotte, NC

Feel like your student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) is not being followed? Disagree with the school about your student’s placement or amount of special education services? Not sure what to do about it? Sometimes advocating for your student at an IEP meeting may not be enough to resolve disagreements with the school system. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides several ways to resolve disputes that may arise. This workshop will provide an overview of facilitated IEP meetings, state complaints, mediation, and due process.