Although this is a time of great uncertainty, children and youth in foster care with disabilities have a continuing right to the educational opportunities other students receive and to the services, supports, technology and consultation with caregivers needed to help them reach their goals. This webinar will provide parents and caregivers information about the state of special education during COVID-19, with a focus on practical tips on how to communicate with schools about their child's needs and work with teachers and providers to implement services. Participants will leave with an understanding of their child's educational rights, the responsibilities of the school district, and collaborative strategies for ensuring that their child's needs are met, ranging from advocacy (remind the school district of its special responsibilities to foster youth!) to practice (ask to meet with an occupational therapist in a park while maintaining social distance!).
Cheryl Theis is an Education Advocate in the Parent Training and Information Center at DREDF, a leading national law and policy disability civil rights organization run by individuals with disabilities and/or parents of children with disabilities. She specializes in working with at risk and marginalized youth and families, including children with disabilities in the child welfare or juvenile system and homeless, immigrant and economically vulnerable families. Jasmine Ying Miller is a Legal Fellow at Youth Law Center, focusing on the intersection between juvenile justice and special education, as well as transitions to post secondary education. She represents justice-involved youth in special education proceedings in the Bay Area and is involved in policy advocacy in the Bay and around the state.
**This webinar features California experts, but will have relevant information for anyone in the United States.**
This webinar begins at 12 pm Pacific / 2 pm Central / 3 pm Eastern