Leigh University is holding a week-long intensive institute on special education law from June 21 to June 26. The program theme is “The 40th Anniversary of the IDEA: The Past is Prologue.”

The institute provides a practical analysis of legislation, regulations, and case law relating to the education of students with disabilities. The symposium is designed for special education coordinators and teachers, principals, psychologists, parent advocates, attorneys (on both sides), hearing officers, state officials, and other individuals interested in legal literacy concerning the education of students with disabilities.

The program offers two parallel tracks, a basic track that offers in‐depth foundation knowledge about the IDEA and Section 504 eligibility, free and appropriate public education (FAPE), least restrictive environment, student discipline and remedies. The other track is for advanced participants, offering sessions on new and timely topics, including the settlement process, exiting special education, “meaningful” parental participation, inadequate IEP implementation as a FAPE denial, transition services, noncustodial parent issues, and state complaint resolution process.

The symposium begins on Sunday evening with a dinner and keynote lecture by Dr. Melody Musgrove, director, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education. The symposium concludes on Friday with Dr. Perry Zirkel’s program, “National Case Law Update and Crystal Ball.”

The workshop is offered for graduate and continuing education credit. Weekly and daily options are available. Full information is available on the symposium website.

For any questions, email or call Shannon Weber or Donna Johnson at (610) 758‐5557.

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