​​​​Conference Attendee Registration Fee:

$80 Professionals
$40 Parents and Family Members
(individual or family member / Scholarships available)

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages.

Your registration is not complete until we receive both your registration form and payment.

Register Online: NOW OPEN

Submit payment through the Online Payment button above or contact us via email to submit payment through credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express).

Space is limited to first 200 paid registrations received.
Due to administrative restrictions refunds will not be issued.

If you have difficulty with online registration please contact (518) 432-7861 and speak with Ila Casela. 

Register by Mail:

Click and Print the Registration Form Here and mail the second page of the form to the address listed below. You must also submit payment by check or online.

Make check payable to "Disability Rights New York"

Mail check and the second page of the Registration Form to:
Disability Rights New York

Special Education Task Force Conference

725 Broadway, Suite 450

Albany, New York 12207

No. P.O. payments will be accepted.

Due to administrative restrictions refunds will not be issued.

Disability Rights New York, through funding by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council offers fee reduction and/or fee waivers for individuals with disabilities and family members of individuals with disabilities. For more information please contact 518-432-7861 and speak with Ila Casela.

Vendor Tables:

If your organization is interested in becoming a vendor at this event please contact Ila Casela at 518-432-7861 or fill out this Vendor Registration form and select either "Non-Profit Vendor" or "For-Profit Vendor" in ticket payment form HERE.

Registration materials may be requested by emailing ila.casela@drny.org

​Conference Sponsored by:
NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
Disability Rights New York

New York State Special Education Task Force presents

The 21st Annual Special Education Conference

For Scholarships, please print and mail registration form along with a statement confirming you are an individual with a disability or a family member, and then print and mail or email the Registration Form to Ila.casela@DRNY.org.

Registration Form

Keynote Panel

The Ripple Effect: 
Perspectives from Adults with Disabilities on Strategies that Help and Hinder Success in School

Senator John E. Brooks
John Robinson
Melanie Hecker
Aaron T. Baier
Michael Gilberg 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
9:00a - 4:00p
NEW LOCATION! The Hilton Garden Inn

235 Hoosick Street, Troy, New York 12180

(Registration begins at 8:15 am)

Space is limited — Register early!
Registrations must be received no later than April 9, 2018


All sessions are specially designed to benefit parents, school personnel, self-advocates and service providers. 

TRACK 1:  Transition to Adulthood
Understanding Adult Service Agencies:
Essential Considerations for IEP Transition Planning 
Karen Lawrence and Kim Luther, 
Southern Tier Independence Center
Making a Case for SSI, SSD & OPWDD Eligibility: What School Professionals, Parents and Service Providers Need to Know
Tara Moffett, Esq. Girvin & Ferlazzo, P.C.
Michael Fiske, Esq. Disability Rights New York 

Secondary Employment: Essential Considerations for IEP Transition Planning
John Robinson, OurAbility, Inc.
TRACK 2:  Overcoming Challenges
Resolving Conflict: Communication Strategies and Mediation
Shari Greenleaf, NYS Dispute Resolution Association, Inc.
Restorative Justice as Alternative to School Suspensions and Other Disciplinary Action
Sarah Rutgers-Tyz and Meralys Collazo, Mediation Matters
Leah Akinleye, Schenectady City School District 
Helping Children with Disabilities Learn How to Succeed in 
Social Situations
Dr. Susan Scharoun, Le Moyne College
TRACK 3: Back to Basics
Eligibility Under IDEA and Section 504
Christina Asbee, Esq. and Jennifer Feeley, Esq., 
Disability Rights New York
Strategic and Individualized IEP Development Part 1: 
Present Levels of Performance and Evaluations

Steve Oil, Parsons Child and Family Center 

Lisa W. Knowles, Guilderland CSD
Strategic and Individualized IEP Development Part 2: 
Annual Goals, Services and Programs

Julie Michaels Keegan, Esq. Disability Rights New York  

Special Education Task Force Conference