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Educational Advocacy 101 - Cedar Falls

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Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa

3117 Greenhill Circle

Cedar Falls, IA 50613

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Decoding Dyslexia Iowa presents Educational Advocacy 101! This event will provide parents of children with dyslexia with knowledge and tools to effectively advocate for their children. We will review relevant state and federal laws, common problems parents experience, and how to resolve them. This event is intended for parents of children with dyslexia and learning disabilities, however parents of children with other disabilities and educators may register as well.

** The registration fee includes lunch and a copy of the Wrightslaw book From Emotions to Advocacy.**

Lunch - All who register by 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 27th will receive lunch. Lunch is not guaranteed for anyone registering after this deadline.

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10:00 am - 11:30 am Dyslexia & the Law: From 504s to FAST by Katie Greving
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Lunch (provided) and break
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm Special Education: Current Legal Issues & Resolution Steps for Parents by Susan Etscheidt
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm Break
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Q & A session with presenters


Dyslexia and the Law: From 504s to FAST: This session will review Iowa's Early Literacy Law (which requires Iowa schools to screen for reading difficulties) and the federal Rehabilitation Act (which governs 504 plans). We will discuss what the Early Literacy Law requires schools to do, what FAST is and how to understand your child's results, how to get a 504 plan for your child, helpful accommodations, and common 504 plan problems and how to handle them.


Special Education: Current Legal Issues and Resolution Steps for Parents: This session will highlight current legal issues involving Individual Education Programs (IEPs). The session will feature important parental rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and case law examples of violations of those rights. We will discuss options for dispute resolution between parents and school districts, with emphasis on local and state mediation.


PRESENTERS

Katie Greving is a co-founder of Decoding Dyslexia Iowa and has served as the group's president since 2015. She holds a master's degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of Nebraska and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Katie works part-time for the Iowa Child Advocacy Board and is the parent of a child with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. She has served as an education advocate for numerous Iowa families.

Susan Etscheidt is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at UNI and teaches courses in special education law and policy. Dr. Etscheidt has served as an Administrative Law Judge for special education appeals in Iowa since 1991 and currently serves as a state mediator. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota and has received numerous awards, including the Winterstein Memorial Award for Meritorious Achievement in the Field of Special Education, presented by the Iowa Council for Exceptional Children.

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