Determining School Supports

Friday, April 13, 2018

9-11:30 am

• What does the Committee on Special Education (CSE) consider when determining initial and ongoing student eligibility, needs and supports?
• How are decisions made for various services - aide? physical, occupational or speech therapists? counseling? other school programs? outside contractors or programs?
• How do schools and students reduce the use of aides over time? 
• What concerns are raised about flexibility, peer supports, other school programs?
• When student, school staff and parents disagree on how much support is needed, how do we have these conversations and come to mutual agreement?
Join us for an overview of laws, school obligations, and some communication strategies for the students, educators, and parents who determine individual supports.

Southern Tier Independence Center 
(Helen Keller Room)
135 East Frederick Street
Binghamton, NY

To register on-line please click here:

To register by phone please call Shelley at 607-437-0077.

Read Flyer Here

Wendy DeWind, Esq., Education and Labor Law, member of NYS State and Broome Bar Associations,  S.T. Special Education Task Force Governing Board, NYS Council of School Attorneys, NYS School Boards Association, National Council of School Attorneys, National School Boards Association, and NYS Management Advocates for School Labor Affairs 
Lauriel Thomas-McCoy, Director of Special Education and Related Services for Deposit Central School District, over 25 years of experience with special education services.


​​Advocating for Your Medically Involved Child

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
12 pm to 2 pm

Location: George F. Johnson Library
1001 Park Street
Endicott, NY

A child's medical diagnosis can affect the whole family. Presenters Robin Piefer and Lisa Depperman will help you navigate the medical system and advocate for your child. This presentation will cover:
Learning about your child's diagnosis
Working with your child's medical team
Advocating for your child in medical settings
Organizing your child's medical records
Medical accommodations in school
What to do when your child is too sick to attend school

Robin Piefer is an Educational Advocate for The Family Resource Network. She has navigated the medical system for her own child with complex medical needs and has helped families advocate for their children's medical needs in the school system.

Lisa Depperman is a Registered Nurse currently working as a school nurse at Oneonta High School. She works with parents and students who have IEP's and 504 Pans to assure medical, developmental and learning issues are addressed in the school setting. Lisa is also the lucky parent of two amazing children, one of whom has Down Syndrome, ADHD, hearing impairment and asthma.

This event is free. Registration is required. Deadline to register is March 19.

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To register by phone call

Shelley at (607)437-0077.

This event is sponsored by The Southern Tier Special Education Task Force and The Family Resource Network, Inc.

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