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Special Education Law Symposium/Section 504 Coordinators Institute

Event Date: 
Sunday, June 20, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, June 25, 2021 - 4:00pm

The 2021 Special Education Law Symposium and Section 504 Coordinators Institute will again be conducted virtually via Zoom webinar and at the same reduced registration fees as in 2020.

Plan to attend the full week or per day, depending upon your interest. Earn three Lehigh University graduate credits, Act 48 credits for PA educators, or enroll for non-credit professional development.

Visit the website for more information.

Keynote Speakers Named for Special Education Law Symposium

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut) and attorney Cathy Holahan will jointly present this year’s (virtual) keynote session, which will include ample Q and A time for registrants. Join the Murphys as they provide a wide-ranging discussion of current and developing national legislation and policy that impact students with disabilities. (Shannon: embed a link to our Highlights page)

Ms. Holahan, who was formerly a teacher, has been a presenter at our Special Education Law Symposium during her earlier years with Connecticut Legal Services. She brings a continuing interest and passion in ensuring equitable school learning environments.

Senator Murphy recently co-sponsored and successfully secured dedicated IDEA funding in the American Rescue Plan (March, 2021). He is a member of the Senate’s committee that proposes education-related legislation.

For the convenience of registrants in light of the Father’s Day holiday, the keynote session this year will be on Monday evening, June 21, starting at 7:00 PM. Like the other sessions of the Symposium, it will also be available to full-week registrants on a recorded basis.

The symposium runs from June 21-25 and offers weekly or “per day” registrations. Registrants may earn Lehigh graduate credits, PA Act 48 educator credits, or continuing education acknowledgement.

Sessions are a careful balance of school and parent perspectives on special education law, including the most recent court decisions. Registrants choose between a track for those new to this topic and one for “legally experienced” individuals.

“Hot topics” (3 hours each) for the experienced group include autism, ESY, low-incidence disabilities, ADHD, creative remedies, and Section 504. An overlapping but separable Section 504 Coordinators Institute (June 24-25) addresses emerging complexities in this important anti-discrimination statute.

For further information, see the symposium website or call (610) 758-5557.