Stay updated on special education law at OSBA's annual and highly anticipated Special Education Law Workshop in February 23rd 2024

Participate in OSBA's premier Special Education Law Workshop on February 23, 2024, in Columbus, OH. Join seasoned practitioners as they demystify due process intricacies, delve into the latest trends and case law updates, and guide you through avoiding typical IEP compliance pitfalls. Sessions will cover serving special populations and mastering restraint and seclusion rules. Secure your spot for a day of invaluable insights and networking at this highly regarded OSBA event.


Date Title Location
2/23/24 [In-Person] Special Education Workshop 8050 N High St Columbus, OH 43235
2/23/24 [Virtual] Special Education Workshop Webinar

Friday February 23, 2024

8:30 a.m.
9 a.m.
Demystifying Due Process: What do we do?
Derek L. Towster, Esq., and Jessica Dawso, Esq., Scott Scriven LLP

Despite the district’s best efforts, sometimes parents will file due process complaints and requests for hearings on special education disputes. What does this mean for school staff? How should they respond when they get the notice? In this session, experienced attorneys will walk through the process and will answer these basic questions as to what school staff should know about this sometimes intimidating process.

10 a.m.
10:10 a.m.
Special Education Trends and Case Law Update
John Price, Esq., Ohio School Boards Association

In this session, we will take a look at some of the most recent special education court decisions and legislative updates from the past year and beyond. We will look at state and federal updates that directly impact Ohio schools and take a look at some interesting national updates that shed light on this area of law and where we might be headed.

11:10 a.m.
11:20 a.m.
Top Ten IEP Compliance Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Kathy Perrico, Esq., Weston Hurd LLP

In this session, we will review some of the most common errors made by IEP Teams and how these can be rectified. The session will cover drafting issues with for the IEP itself, including writing goals that are appropriate, achievable and measurable. We will also cover conducting IEP meetings and building consensus around contentious issues.

12:20 p.m.
1:20 p.m.
Diagnosis Disability: Legal and Practical Guidance for Handling Special Ed “Prescriptions” from Health Care Providers
Laura Anthony, Esq., Bricker Graydon LLP

IEP teams must frequently consider doctor recommendations and “prescriptions” for special education, related services and educational placements.  Our speaker will review relevant cases where courts and hearing officers have considered these recommendations and discuss the following questions: What is the school’s obligation when presented with reports and prescriptions from doctors and other health care providers? Does a medical or mental health diagnosis qualify a child for services or supports under the IDEA or Section 504? How should educators respond to doctor recommendations when determining eligibility, developing IEPs and engaging in manifestation determinations?

2:20 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
Restraint and Seclusion: What Special Ed Personnel Need to Know
Jeremy Neff, Esq., Ennis Britton LPA

Restraint and seclusion issues often overlap with special education matters. This is particularly true in the case of student’s with challenging disability-related behaviors. In this session, we will review Ohio’s restraint and seclusion rules and discuss best practices to include compliance with those rules while providing appropriate special education services to students.

3:30 p.m.