A New Three-Part Fall Webinar Series for Special Education Administrators Presented by PresenceLearning.

First SPEDexpectations webinar on September 23rd, 2014 will help administrators navigate ever-changing legal landscape.

SAN FRANCISCO, August 25, 2014 – Special education administrators are responsible for ensuring that students with special needs receive a free and appropriate public education. However, an ever-evolving legal environment leaves school districts vulnerable to legal blunders when developing and implementing educational programs for students with special needs. To help special education administrators stay up-to-date—and educate their colleagues in general education—PresenceLearning is hosting a free webinar with Julie Weatherly, Esq., an expert in special education law, on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 10 AM Pacific time (1 PM Eastern time). This free webinar, “Staying Out of Due Process in Special Education: Five Timely Do’s and Don’ts,” is the first of three webinars in PresenceLearning’s newSPEDexpectations fall webinar series.

To sign up for the webinar, visit:http://pages.presencelearning.com/spedexpectations-julie-weatherly-register.html.

Both procedural and content-related mistakes can be the basis for determining that a school district has denied a student with disabilities a free appropriate public education (FAPE). This two-hour webinar will highlight five practical do’s and don’ts for special education administrators to consider when implementing the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and will provide answers to questions submitted by a live audience.

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

●        Identify important process and content errors that can lead to special education vulnerability and litigation

●        Implement strategies for avoiding common mistakes in the development and implementation of programs for students with disabilities

●        Understand current legal issues and policy shifts that are impacting special education

About the SPED expectations:

To give special education administrators access to expert advice and best practices, PresenceLearning created theSPEDexpectations fall webinar series. This three-part series will feature special education experts Julie Weatherly, Esq., Dr. Barry Prizant and Dr. Alan Coulter, to discuss avoiding due process, family collaboration and results-driven accountability (RDA) respectively.

Since 2009, PresenceLearning’s online speech therapy services have provided schools with a practical, affordable new option for service delivery: web-based access to a nationwide network of live, highly qualified, fully licensed speech-language pathologists who are available whenever and wherever they are needed. This past year, PresenceLearning added occupational therapy (OT) and online assessments for both speech and OT to their service offering. By partnering with PresenceLearning, school districts can fill staffing gaps related to acute and chronic SLP and OT shortages, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, reduce their backlog of assessments, improve student outcomes and become more efficient. PresenceLearning also offers access to technical specialists, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists.

PresenceLearning has delivered nearly half a million live online therapy sessions to students in public school districts, charter schools and virtual schools of all sizes nationwide.

About Julie Weatherly:

Julie Weatherly, Esq. has nearly thirty years providing legal representation and consultative services to school districts and other agencies in the area of educating students with disabilities. She is the owner of RISE (Resolutions in Special Education, Inc.) with attorneys in Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama. She is a member of the State Bars of Alabama and Georgia. In June of 1996, Julie appeared with Leslie Stahl on CBS news program “60 Minutes” to discuss the cost of meeting the legal requirements of the IDEA.  She has been a member of the faculty for many national and state legal institutes and is a frequent speaker at special education law conferences.  Julie has developed a number of videotape training series on special education law and has been published nationally as a part of her trainings, workshops and seminars.  She is the author of the legal update article for the National CASE quarterly newsletter and is a member of LRP’s Special Education Attorneys Advisory Council.  In 1998, Julie was honored by Georgia’s Council for Exceptional Children as Georgia’s Individual who had Contributed Most to Students with Disabilities and, in April 2012, Julie received the National CASE Award for Outstanding Service.

About PresenceLearning

PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com) is the leading provider of online speech andoccupational therapy,online counseling and assessments for K-12 districts and families of children with special needs. PresenceLearning’s nationwide network includes hundreds of highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs) and school counseling professionals. Therapy sessions are delivered “anytime anywhere” via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practices combined with powerful progress reporting.

Serving thousands of students in public, charter and virtual schools across the U.S. and globally, PresenceLearning has shown that online delivery of related services is practical, convenient and highly effective.