Parent Advocacy Training Program

Program 1: Basic Advocacy Skills

Saturday, October 17, 2009
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Seattle University School of Law
Co-sponsored by Washington PAVE and The Arc of King County

No CLE Credits were sought for this program.

This was the first in a series of training programs for parents of children with disabilities to be presented by the Seattle University School of Law, Washington PAVE and The Arc of King County in conjunction with other Puget Sound area disability and advocacy organizations. This program focused on basic advocacy skills for parents, with a focus on Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (elementary and secondary education). Future programs will examine other issues relevant to families with disabilities.

Distributed Materials

You may download a (PDF) copy of the materials distributed here.

Program Agenda and Speakers

8 - 8:30 a.m. Check in; continental breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Basic Explanations and Comparisons of IDEA, §504 and Other Relevant Statutes

Similarities and differences in objectives, protections and administration

Speaker: Charlotte Cassady, Charlotte Cassady Law Offices, Seattle
9:30 - 11 a.m.

(include break)
Effective Advocacy Skills, including How to Find and Use an Advocate

Must you have an advocate/attorney; what to consider when searching; what you can expect from an advocate/attorney - and what not; maximizing your assistance to your advocate/attorney; basic advocacy skills

Speaker: Annika Pollack, Dussault Law Offices, Seattle
11 a.m. - noon Complaints (OSPI); Alternative Dispute Resolution Options; Mediation; Due Process

Similarities and differences in objectives, protections and administration

Speakers: Greg Abell, Senior Partner, Sound Options Group LLC, Bainbridge Island; Pamela McPartland, Program Supervisor, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia; Patricia Steinberg, Disabilities Coordinator, Washington Education Association, Federal Way
Noon - 1:15 p.m. Lunch (provided)

Networking opportunity
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. How to Communicate with School Administration and Personnel

Knowing your school and school personnel to maximize your effectiveness

Speaker: Hal Johnston, former Director of Special Education, Roosevelt High School
2:15 - 4:30 p.m.

(break from 3:15 - 3:30 p.m.)
IEPs (including transition)

Process; components; critical points; preparation; meetings

Speakers: Larry A. Jones, Christine Thompson Ibrahim, Law Office of Larry A. Jones, Seattle; Margaret-Lee Thompson, The Arc of King County
4:30 - 5 p.m. Panel

Open Q&A

Speakers: Cindy Dupuy, Ph.D., Explanations LLC; Karen L. Mitterer, Esq., Kirkland

 For more information about this and future programs, you may also contact:

The Arc of King County
Betsy McAlister
Phone: 425.882.2010

Mary Jo Magruder
Phone: 206.829.7010

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Washington PAVE
Vicky McKinney
Phone: 800.566.8128

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