Offering a better understanding of DC special education in a “bite-size” format
These 30-minute sessions, available online at: join.me/AJEparents give parents and professionals: information, education and a better understanding of DC special education issues in a “bite-size” format. Special Education Thursdays are provided FREE for parents and professionals to answer your questions about special education in DC, where to go for help, and to learn how to advocate for a child with a disability or learning need.
Special Education Thursdays are hosted by longtime DC special education parent advocate, Molly Whalen, who asks the questions that parents want to know and makes Special Education Thursdays a very lively and “chatty” 30 minutes that gives you a little bit more information about special education in DC. It is like a virtual coffee-chat with professionals and stakeholders in DC who are working in special education and schools. Listen to ALL recordings below on your computer or phone anytime!
Easy to access live – simply go online to: join.me/AJEparents to join us on scheduled sessions, or join by phone at: (202) 602-1295, access code: 399-428-506# ALL Recordings are posted for past events. You can access via the Join.me app too!
Schedule of topics:
Feb 23, 2017 at 12:30pm – UNDERSTANDING SUPPORTED DECISION MAKING and alternatives to Guardianship, Guest: Morgan Whitlatch, Legal Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities Recording Available
Mar 9, 2017 at 12:30pm – WHAT IS A SPEECH THERAPIST and how do they work in special education? Guest: Deanna Longino Camp, PhD., School Speech Therapist Recording Available — Have questions for Dr. Camp? Email her at: email@example.com
Rescheduled! New date is: Mar 30, 2017 at 12:30pm – AUTISM & THE CLASSROOM – how parents can work successfully with their school, Guest: Yetta Myrick, Community Outreach Coordinator, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Recording Available — Have questions for Yetta? Email her at: ymyrick@dcautismparents.Org
Apr 6, 2017 at 12:30pm – MANAGING MEDICATIONS IN STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES – when is it right and when is it not? Guest: Dr. Dan Shapiro, Developmental Pediatrician Recording Available — Check out Dr. Shapiro’s parent training program (pay as you go!) at: www.parentchildjourney.com
Apr 20, 2017 at 12:30pm – THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN IEP AND A 504 PLAN Guest: Maria Blaeuer, Special Education Attorney Recording Available
May 4, 2017 at 12:30pm – WHAT IS A SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER and how do they work in special education? Guest: Lindsay Damon, School Social Worker Recording Available Additional resource: Who Are School Social Workers
May 18, 12:30pm – TRANSITION FROM OSSE EARLY INTERVENTION TO EARLY STAGES Part C to Part B? Guests: Elizabeth Rihani, Child Find Manager, Early Stages and Andres Alvarado, Director for Early Intervention, OSSE-Strong Start Recording Available
Jun 1, 2017 at 12:30pm – SPECIAL EDUCATION ELIGIBILITY CATEGORIES – How teams make determinations Guest: Mauria Uhlik, Director of Evaluation, Early Stages Recording Available
Jun 15, 2017 at 2017 at 12:30pm – WHAT IS AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST (OT) AND PHYSICAL THERAPIST (PT) Guests: Shenaz Hussain, PT and Shayna Stoogenke, OT Recording Available
Jun 29, 2017 at 12:30pm – THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MEDICAL VS. EDUCATION AUTISM DIAGNOSIS Guests: Dr. Sharron Williams, School Psychologist and Andrea Handscomb, SLP Recording Available Additional resource: Differences Between Educational Identification and Medical Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders
July 27, 2017 at 12:30pm – UNDERSTANDING EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING SKILLS DEFICITS IN STUDENTS: AND HOW TO DEVELOP GOOD IEP GOALS Guest: Dr. Lauren Kenworthy, Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Children’s National Health Systems Recording Available
NO SESSIONS IN AUGUST!
Sep 7, 2017 at 12:30pm – WHAT DOES SOCIAL SKILLS INSTRUCTION LOOK LIKE AND WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT IN THE CLASSROOM FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Guest: Monica Adler Werner, author of “Unstuck and On Target: Curriculum to Improve Flexibility for Children with Autism” Recording Available
Nov 2, 2017 at 12:30pm – WHAT DO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES THINK ABOUT SPECIAL EDUCATION AND SELF-ADVOCACY? Guests: Sarah Grime, SchoolTalk DC, Jeremiah Islar, Elijah Lee, Student Advocates, Recording Available
Nov 16, 2017 at 12:30pm – UNDERSTANDING THE DC PUBLIC SCHOOL LOTTERY WHEN YOU HAVE A CHILD IN SPECIAL EDUCATION, Guests: Catherine Peretti and Aryan Boquet, MySchoolDC Common Lottery Recording Available
Nov 30, 2017 at 12:30pm – UNDERSTANDING EDUCATION PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS AND REPORTS Guest: Alexis A. Pittenger, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist Recording Available
Dec 14, 2017 at 12:30pm – UNDERSTANDING RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PRACTICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Guest: Antonio (Tone) Carter, RestorativeDC and SchoolTalk DC Recording Available Additional resources: DC Restorative Justice Community of Practice (next meeting Jan 9, 2018) and Video: Why Restorative?
Jan 11, 2018 at 12:30pm – UNDERSTANDING DC’S STUDENT ADVOCATE OFFICE AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AS A PARENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION Guest: Faith Gibson Hubbard, Chief Student Advocate Recording Available
Jan 25, 2018 at 12:00pm – WHAT PARENTS SHOULD THINK ABOUT WHEN EXPLORING A CERTIFICATE VS. A DIPLOMA FOR A STUDENT WITH A DISABILITY Guest: Dr. Lauren Lestremau, Licensed Psychologist and Director of Ivymount School’s Multiple Learning Needs Program **note 30 minutes early** Recording Available
Starting in February – we are moving to a monthly webcast!
Feb 8, 2018 at 12:30pm – UNDERSTANDING DC’S OMBUDSMAN FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AS A PARENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION Guest: Joyanna Smith, DC Ombudsman for Public Education Recording Available
Mar 15, 2018 at 12:30pm –WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING AT A SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOL OR NONPUBLIC PLACEMENT FOR A STUDENT WITH A DISABILITY Guest: Piper Phillips, CEO of PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families Recording Available
April 5, 2018 at 12:30pm –WHAT IS THE VALUE OF INCLUSION AND WHY DOES THE LAW FAVOR IT? Guest: Jennifer Halper, Special Education Policy Professional – have questions for Jennifer? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Recording Available
May 11, 2018 at 1:00pm **change of time** WHAT DC PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION Guest: Francis Nugent, Disability Rights DC – University Legal Services Recording Available
June 7, 2018 at 12:30pm –LEARNING ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY PROGRAMS IN THE DC LIBRARY: INCLUDING THE SUMMER CHALLENGE READING PROGRAM Guest: Rebecca Tanen, Children’s Librarian, DC Public Library-Center for Accessibility Recording Available
July 19, 2018 at 12:30pm –UNDERSTANDING THE CIEP OFFICE IN DC FOR CHILDREN ENROLLED IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS WHO MAY HAVE A DISABILITY Guest: Brigid Cafferty, DCPS Recording Available
Sep 27, 2018 at 10:30am **change of time** –NEED A 2ND OPINION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION EVALUATIONS? LEARN ABOUT INDEPENDENT EDUCATIONAL EVALUATIONS Guest: Stacey Eunnae, AJE Staff Attorney Recording Available
Oct 4, 2018 at 12:30pm –WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RSA/DDS DURING SECONDARY TRANSITION Guests: DDS/RSA Staff (Christoper Nace, Yufanyi Nshom) Recording Available
Nov 29, 2018 at 12:30pm –HOW DC PARENTS CAN SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATE RSA IN DC FOR THEIR TRANSITIONING YOUTH Guest: Margaret Hart, Disability Rights DC at ULS Staff Attorney Recording Available
April 3, 2019: ALL ABOUT RE-EVALUATIONS: HOW & WHEN YOU ASK FOR THEM Guest: Maria Blaeuer, AJE’s Director of Programs & Outreach Recording Available
April 3, 2019: WHAT ARE MDRs? MANIFESTATION DETERMINATION REVIEWS! AND THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW! Guest: Maria Blaeuer, AJE’s Director of Programs & Outreach Recording Available
May 15, 2019: SCHOOL DISCIPLINE: What parents need to know Guest: Barrie Lynn Tapia, Special Education Attorney Recording Available Note: due to a technical issue – some of the slides did not appear on this recording – use this link to access the full slide deck: School Discipline
May 16, 2019:UNDERSTANDING MEDICAL TRANSITIONS FOR YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES Guests: Samhita Ilango and Dan Beck, GOT Transition Recording Available
May 29, 2019: WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHARTERS AND SPECIAL ED; CONTACTING OR MAKING COMPLAINTS THE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL BOARD (PSCB) Guest: Patrick Pope, Public Charter School Board Recording Available
June 13, 2019: UNDERSTANDING THE BIG PICTURE AND KNOWING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE FOR YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES Guest: Eric Jorgensen, Special Needs Advisor, Planning Across the Spectrum Recording Available
June 26, 2019: MEDICAL AND LEGAL FACTS ABOUT VACCINES Guests: Maria Blaeuer, AJE and Leah Shoval, Mary’s Center Recording Available