April 15th– “Extended School Year” with Kelly Orginski from Michigan Alliance for Families, noon to 1pm. This webinar will help parents/staff better understand the purpose of ESY, factors to consider, and ESY as part of the IEP Flyer- http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2014-IEP-Webinar-Series-Flyer.pdf
April 17th- “Transition and the Law” with Mark McWilliams from Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, noon to 1pm. Almost all students in special education are entitled to prevocational, vocational and transition planning and services. The school should offer assessment and services to help your child prepare for life after school, including work and other community activities. The school must include transition goals and services in a student’s IEP. Mark will explain the options, steps and timelines involved in transitioning from public schools.
April 22- “Procedural Safeguards” with Kelly Orginski from Michigan Alliance for Families, noon to 1pm. This webinar will help parents/staff better understand the purpose of procedural safeguards, which is to inform parents about the rights and protections available under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. When you know your rights, you’re better able to be an equal participant in the Individualized Family Service Plan/Individualized Education Program (IFSP/IEP) process, and know how to disagree when something isn’t working. Flyer- http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2014-IEP-Webinar-Series-Flyer.pdf
April 24th- “Rethinking Guardianship: Facilitating Life-Long Self Determination” (Part 1) with Dohn Hoyle, Executive Director of The Arc Michigan, noon to 1pm. This presentation will provide participants with a long-term view of the consequences of establishing guardianship. It will cover alternative and empowering ways to address the barriers and circumstances which will inevitably face students with a cognitive or intellectual disability as well as those with communication difficulties as they move into the adult world. This two hour presentation has been divided into 2 webinars. This is part 1 of 2. Flyer- http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2014-Transition-Webinar-Series-Flyer-1.pdf
April 29th- “Discipline/ Suspension/ Expulsion- Protections for Students with IEPs” with Mark McWilliams from Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, noon to 1pm. This webinar will provide an overview of discipline issues related to students with disabilities, including suspension, expulsion, and manifestation determination review. Flyer- http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2014-IEP-Webinar-Series-Flyer.pdf