Practicing under the IDEA in Schools: When you have to say yes and how to effectively say no
The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and related regulations serve more than 6.5 million children in our nation’s public schools and preserves a free, appropriate public education to children with disabilities. The IDEA in combination with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act entitles children with disabilities to education programs, services, and accommodations, enveloping an even larger population of children. Thus, these laws regulate and guide the evaluation, recommendation, and treatments of the pediatric healthcare practitioner within the public school setting.
This 80-minute webinar provides a synopsis of the IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Additionally it provides guidelines to healthcare practitioners who must say yes to services and requests, as well as when they are able to say no. Finally it provides tools for healthcare practitioners to effectively communicate and advocate for the appropriate recommendations based on evaluation and clinical judgment while remaining compliant with regulating law.
- Identify the basic principles of the laws, regulations and guidelines involved in treatment for children within the school setting.
- Delineate the evaluation and qualification process for an identified child, the creation and implementation of an IEP and the different levels of service available to appropriate students.
- Recognize strategies for effective advocacy, documentation and communication of denials and/or reduction in services for students who do not qualify for services or qualify for less than IEP team anticipated amount of services.
Target Audience: school-based occupational, physical, and speech therapists
Course Instructor: Alyson Stover, MOT, JD, OTR/L, is a certified occupational therapist practicing in clinics, hospitals, and community settings. Alyson graduated from law school with a JD and a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Law. She is a legal advocate for patients for insurance denials, social security claims, IEPs, and so on.
The speaker receives payment for each webinar purchased but does not have any other financial or nonfinancial interest in the presentation.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
This webinar is approved for 0.1 AOTA CEU or one contact hour under this Classification Code: Category 3, Professional Issues: Legal, Legislative, and Regulatory Issues.
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