Students with disabilities and their parents have many rights under the law. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Rehabilitation Act both protect students with disabilities who need special education services. Special education includes instruction in the classroom, at home, in hospitals and in institutions. Significantly, special education includes a range of services intended to meet each child’s individual needs. Depending on the needs of the child, these services may be provided in a general education setting, in separate settings, or in a combination of the two.
Rebecca Shore, the Director of Litigation at Advocates for Children of New York, a nonprofit organization working to ensure that all students in New York City have access to a quality education, explains the law and process that is required for students with disabilities to receive appropriate educational services. Her training covers the following subjects: 1) an overview of special education law (including the IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act); 2) the process for obtaining special education (including student eligibility, the referral process and securing appropriate services for a student with a disability); and 3) due process rights for students with disabilities.
For over forty years, Advocates for Children of New York (“AFC”) has worked with New York City low-income families to secure quality and equal public education services for their children. AFC provides a range of direct services, including free individual case advocacy, such as representing children and families in proceedings under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) and also works on institutional reform of educational policies and practices through advocacy and litigation.
Rebecca Shore has served as the Director of Litigation at AFC since 2008. After clerking in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, she was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP where she worked on numerous special education cases and class and individual lawsuits involving disability discrimination. Immediately prior to joining AFC, Rebecca was a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & AIDS Project, working on disability discrimination lawsuits against corporate and governmental entities. As AFC’s Director of Litigation, Rebecca oversees all impact litigation, including class actions, individual and group lawsuits, IDEA appeals, and state and federal administrative complaints. She has served as class and lead counsel in, among others, L.V. v. New York City Dep’t of Educ., D.S. v. New York City Dep’t of Educ., E.B. v. New York City Dep’t of Educ., and C.D. v. New York City Dep’t of Educ.
This was an informative overview of special education law. I esp liked that the presenter was current on Supreme Court cases pending.
Very well done
Very helpful. finally I learned about BIPs and disciplinary actions.
The presenter did an excellent job - informative, super organized and interesting. Thanks.
Well prepared presenter Demeanor easy to listen to
Good information presented well
Excellent thorough discussion and a must see for anyone interested in practicing in this or any peripheral area.
This is such a detailed and complicated area of practice, but necessary to understand, even if we only encounter it rarely or in custodial disputes. I learned a lot.
This was excellent. I work in a school setting and this provided me with substantive information that will be useful in my work.
Thorough and lots of practical information
Very interesting course!
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