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Seminar Detail

Special Education Law in Michigan
Special Education Law in Michigan


When:  Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

One of the greatest challenges that educators face today is ensuring compliance and implementation of the IDEA. With the many recent changes in both federal and state special education regulations, it is essential that you not only have an awareness of the changes taking place, but also have an understanding of how these changes impact day-to-day activities and the students they serve. A cursory knowledge of the law or applying common sense does not begin to protect school districts and professionals against the potential legal and financial consequences of misinterpreting special education regulations. Attend this seminar for the latest information on developments in the reauthorized IDEA and gain practical advice on how to effectively implement IDEA requirements in order to ensure compliance with the regulations while meeting the needs of students with disabilities. Find answers to the following questions and many more.
  • What are the current Best Practices?
  • How can data assist in IEP defense and litigation?
  • How can I better support our schools, teachers and special education staff?

  1. Compare and contrast IDEA and Section 504 requirements.
  2. Explain the requirements for locating and identifying students with special needs under the “Child Find” obligation of the “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act”.
  3. Identify the factors that may indicate a duty to evaluate and proper responses to requests for evaluations and reevaluations.
  4. Describe the purposes and required elements of the evaluation and reevaluation process.
  5. Outline the IEP development process that meets regulatory requirements.
  6. Identify common errors in behavioral planning for and discipline of students with disabilities.
  7. List multiple strategies to help avoid due process and other issues.
  8. Discuss ways to avoid the most common mistakes made by special education professionals.


Daniel R. Martin is an attorney with the Thrun Law Firm, based out of its West Michigan Office located in Grand Rapids. Mr. Martin practices in nearly every area of school law, including labor and employment law, student discipline and constitutional rights, and general and special education matters, as well as municipal law. Mr. Martin received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Albion College and his J.D. degree from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, and is the past president of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys.
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