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Friday, January 16, 2015

Free Talk Monday, January 26th: Agreeing to Disagree - How to Effectively Resolve Special Education Disputes with Your School District

From the Bedford SEPAC
Special Education Parent Advisory Council

January 16, 2015

Dan Heffernan, Esq.
The Bedford, MA SEPAC invites you to join them at 7:00pm on Monday, January 26th for a presentation by prominent Special Education Attorney Daniel T.S. Heffernan of Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP.

It has been observed that the relationship between families of students with special needs and school districts is akin to being married in a church that does not recognize divorce. This is true if you are seeking better programming within the district, or the funding of an outside placement.

This workshop will address how to have a “successful” relationship with a school district, detailing not only the key components of special education law, but how to build a strong case for appropriate educational services, when it’s best to be aggressive or conciliatory, and pursuing the best avenues for resolving disputes.

When:   7:00pm Monday, January 26th

Where:  Lane School Multipurpose Room
                    66 Sweetwater Avenue, Bedford, MA 01730

About the Presenter

Daniel T.S. Heffernan is a partner with Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP and concentrates his practice on representing families of children with special needs in special education and civil rights matters. From 1995 to the present, he has served on the board of directors of the Federation for Children with Special Needs and was board president from 1995 to 2007. In 2014 he received the 2014 President’s Award from the Federation for Children with Special Needs. In 2002, he and his wife, Julie, received the Dr. Allen C. Crocker Award for Excellence from the MA Down Syndrome Congress. He writes and lectures frequently on special education law and advocacy.

Mr. Heffernan has been named a Super Lawyer in special education law every year since 2005, and was named as a Top Rated Lawyer in Education by The Boston Globe in 2012. From 1995 to 2000, he served as the president of the board of directors of Community Legal Services and Counseling Center. He also serves on the MDSC Education Task Force. He has two daughters, Maggie and Evie, and a twenty-four year old son, Brian, who has Down Syndrome. Reach him at dheffernan@kcslegal.com or by calling 617-227-7031.

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