free workshops as part of our 2021-22 virtual conference
College Options for Students with Disabilities: Changing Expectations & Increasing Opportunities
featuring Dr Maria Paiewonsky, Think College
Increasingly, parents, students and schools are recognizing that higher education is an option for a wide range of students with disabilities. Whether fully matriculated, part-time, or engaging in a campus-based college experience, students with disabilities are “thinking college.” Join us as Maria describes ways in which college IS possible, why it may be a good choice, how to prepare, how to apply, how to pay for it, how to find the right program, and the differences between college and high school.
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Our speaker, Dr. Maria Paiewonsky is a technical assistance provider at Think College, a program of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She provides resource development, training and technical assistance in the area of college-based transition services, and has published a number of studies, guides and other materials to help parents, schools and college providers.
Compensatory Education and the Pandemic: Rights and Considerations
featuring Rebecca Spar, Esq.
Many parents and school districts are recognizing the effects of interrupted learning on students with disabilities and asking about whether compensatory education is needed. How is the need for compensatory education determined? Is it a matter of grade retention? What services are needed to make up the losses? In this program, learn from one of New Jersey’s leading legal experts about the rights of students with disabilities to compensatory education.
The pandemic has underscored the need for flexible, effective, high-quality special education services, smaller classes, and emotional support services. If your child's program is not meeting their needs, talk to your Child Study Team case manager about your concerns. It might be time to consider a change in placement.
Our Outreach Coordinator, Joanne DeSimone, can help. She can offer information, referral, guidance, and support. As a former special education teacher and the parent of two sons with disabilities, she knows the ropes and can guide parents through common special education advocacy issues.