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2010 COPAA Conference in St. Louis, MO, March 11-14th

Make your plans now to be in St. Louis for the 2010 COPAA Conference. The conference includes in-depth pre-conference skill building sessions, 40 breakouts, exhibitors, The Second Annual COPAA Fun Run/Walk, the Annual Silent Auction to benefit the Beth Goodman Scholarship Fund, the Diane Lipton Award for Excellence in Advocacy and invaluable time to network with experienced and knowledgeable special education attorneys, advocates, and parents.

Sessions promote excellence in special education advocacy and litigation. Participants gain information and strategies to deal with such issues as placement, educational methodology, effective IEPs, evaluation, dispute resolution, compensatory education, due process hearings, litigation matters, and much more.

Please go here for more information and to register.

The following sessions will be dealing with the restraint and seclusion issue:

Thursday, March 11, 2010
One day Preconference 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Assuring Every Child is Safe in the Schoolhouse
Denise Marshall, MS, Kristine Sullivan, Esq.

COPAA is at the forefront of the national advocacy effort to expose the extent of abuse and ensure that federal legislation be enacted and every available measure taken to stop the use of unnecessary and abusive restraint, seclusion rooms, and all forms of dangerous interventions used on children in our nation's schools. No child should be subjected to neglect, abuse, or physical harm in the name of treatment or under the guise of providing educational or therapeutic services. Restraints, seclusion, and abuse are neither effective nor educational. This session provides specific information regarding the depth and nature of the current issues relating to aversive interventions gleaned from the COPAA report Unsafe in the Schoolhouse, and other recent national reports and research. Participants are also provided with specific information on: 1) the current status of legislation and implications for practice, 2) relevant case history review, and 3) specific strategies to prepare attorneys and advocates to represent families to ensure that children with disabilities receive effective educational services and combat the restraint, seclusion, and abuse of students with disabilities.

Saturday, March 13, 2010
9:00 am - 10:00 am

General Session
Dr. Joseph B. Ryan, Clemson University.

Dr. Ryan is a nationally recognized researcher and speaker on behavior management and seclusion & restraint policies for schools.

Saturday, March 13, 2010 10:30 - 11:45 am

In-depth Discussion and Q&A on the use of Aversives, Restraint and Seclusion in Schools
Joe Ryan, PhD

This session provides opportunity for small group discussion with General Session speaker Joe Ryan and a panel of COPAA members regarding current research, state regulations and statute, and legislative efforts to prevent the use of restraint, seclusion and aversive interventions in all educational programs.

There are also many other great break out sessions such as:

*Introduction to System Policy Advocacy from School Boards to the Capitol

*Suspension & Expulsion Hearings: Strategies & Potential Pitfalls

*Individual Advocacy and Systems Reform to change school culture and behavioral approaches to students with disabilities

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