IDEA: Blueprints to Special Education Workshop

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A full day workshop that explains special education law and the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process, presented by prominent local special education attorneys. Topics covered include understanding your rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), how to handle disputes, common pitfalls to avoid when negotiating with school districts for your child's IEP, and understanding your child's right to a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE). This workshop is the only workshop of its kind presented by specialized attorneys in the Puget Sound area. Early registration discount through March 1st. Scholarships are available for eligible families. Don’t miss this workshop! Scholarships are available for families receiving Medicaid. Contact or call the WAAA office for scholarship details.

The special education process is like building a house.  There is a logical order to both, and it must be done correctly or the whole structure falls apart.  This full day workshop will explain how to use the building blocks of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to develop appropriate services for your child.

Morning session will include:

  • Building a foundation for the Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Identifying and involving the IEP team
  • Developing the IEP to meet educational standards.


Afternoon session will include:

  • Round table small group discussions with attorneys, including Q&A time
  • In-depth small group discussions of multiple interest areas.




Charlotte Cassady

Charlotte earned her reputation as a tireless advocate for students and families through demonstrated results. Since 1998, Charlotte has litigated against dozens of schools around the State of Washington on behalf of students and their families, consistently achieving high quality placements, monetary awards, and services for her clients. A graduate of Tulane University School of Law, cum laude, Charlotte moved to Seattle in 1990 to work with Seattle’s then-largest corporate law firm in the labor, employment, and school law area.  She left to pursue a career in public interest law and became particularly interested in child advocacy work while volunteering for Teamchild, a legal services organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of youth. In 1998, Charlotte started Cassady Law, focusing on youth advocacy and education law. Charlotte has served on the boards of community organizations focused on ensuring rights and services for youth and their families and speaks frequently at CLEs and seminars focused on youth advocacy and education.


Katherine George

Katherine has been in private practice for more than 10 years, focusing on administrative and appellate law. Katherine is a partner at Johnston George. She has represented appellants and amicus parties in dozens of precedent-setting cases. In the civil rights arena, she has extensive experience helping parents improve special education for children with disabilities. She also has substantial experience helping news organizations and citizens exercise their right to know what government agencies are doing, including handling numerous cases under state and federal sunshine laws. Katherine’s practice also has emphasized protecting the environment from harmful developments. Katherine began her law career in 2005 as a law clerk to the Hon. Gerry Alexander, then chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court. Before practicing law, Katherine worked as a political reporter and assistant city editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for 15 years.


Angela Shapow

Angela was a preschool teacher's aide in 1998 and over time became a lead teacher. She directed the Whole Earth Preschool, a nature based child care home in Boise, Idaho before heading to law school. Angela moved from Boise to Seattle in the fall of 2007. Prior to starting her law practice in Seattle, she directed a local childcare center. She has also served as a guardian ad litem representing the best interests of children. Currently Angela practices education law representing children and families in civil rights and special education matters at Cedar Law PLLC.


Nicholle Mineiro

Nicholle is licensed to practice in both Washington and California, and is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates. Nicholle practices at Cassady Law. Her focus is on special education and civil rights litigation, with a growing sub-practice in the rights of students with allergies. A California native, she attended UCLA and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California, before relocating with her family to Washington.  Her background in public entity defense litigation, including school district defense, gives her an in-depth perspective and comprehensive approach to representation of students. Prior to law school, she earned a Master's in Education from Claremont Graduate University, and taught elementary school in Title I schools and full inclusion classrooms. She has served on the board of directors of a nonprofit preschool and children's organization, and currently does pro bono work for the King County Bar Association and nonprofits.
Jeannette Cohen
Jeannette has a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Washington, and a law degree from Seattle University. Jeannette taught as a special education teacher for ten years and then worked as an Educational Consultant on behalf of parents with special needs children in public schools in the greater Puget Sound area, providing feedback and recommendations to IEP teams. Currently with a law degree, Jeannette’s practice focuses on school issues involving Special Education, 504, discipline, bullying and harassment, as well as helping parents obtain services through the Developmental Disabilities Administration and obtain guardianships for their children when they reach eighteen years old. Jeannette also has been working in the area of family law since February of 2009, specializing in helping families with special needs children navigate the complex issues of family law.
March 25th, 2017 9:30 AM   through   3:30 PM
Bellevue First Congregational Church
11061 NE 2nd St
Bellevue, WA 98004
United States
Phone: (425) 454-5001
Event Fee(s)
Parent $ 35.00
Student $ 25.00
Professional $ 75.00

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