Avoiding Liability and Getting Students the Help They Need - Child Find Obligations under the IDEA and Section 504 (EDU618D)

Presented By: Timothy E. Gilsbach , ESQ
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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 60 minutes
  • Thu, June 14, 2018
Event Description

Learn about the Legal Obligations of “Child Find” in the IDEA and Section 504

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504, school entities have an obligation to locate and test students who are suspected of having a disability. The failure to properly do so can lead to significant liability for the school entity and the failure to provide a student with the services he/she needs for success.

Join this session, where industry veteran Timothy E. Gilsbach will review the child-find obligations under both statutes, the risks of failing to comply with these requirements, and the steps that should be taken to ensure compliance with this important legal requirement. Gilsbach will provide practical guidance for what “red flags” school staff should be on the lookout for to determine whether a student should be evaluated or might have special needs.

This session will review what legal obligations school entities have to students in grades K through 12 with respect to identifying and evaluating those students with potential disabilities, sometimes referred to as the “child find” obligation. In addition, Gilsbach will review the consequences of failing to meet this obligation, both in terms of legal liability and the failure to meet the student’s needs.

After attending this session, you will learn about the obligations that the school entities have under the IDEA and Section 504 to identify and evaluate students who have or who may have disabilities to provide them the services they need, and what needs to be done to meet those obligations. You will be able to explain what the child find obligation is and what “red flags” to be on the lookout for in students in meeting this obligation.

Session Highlights

You will learn:

  • What legal obligations in terms of “child find” are contained in the IDEA and Section 504?
  • What a school entity must do in order to comply with this obligation?
  • How do school officials know whether a student may be a child with a disability?
  • What “red flag” should school districts be looking for?
  • What steps school educators take when they see concerns?
  • What role do teachers on the front lines play in this process?
  • What are the risks in not meeting the “child find” obligation?

Who Should Attend

  • Directors of special education
  • Guidance counselors
  • K-12 building administrators – including principals and assistant principals
  • K-12 classroom teachers

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About Our Speaker(s)

Timothy E. Gilsbach ESQ
Timothy E. Gilsbach, is an attorney at King Spry and is member of the firm’s Education Group, concentrating his practice in the area of special education and student related issues. Tim defends school districts, intermediate units and charter schools in all phases of special education litigation, from state level adm... More info