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2011 California Special Education Hearing Officer and Mediation Training

Sacramento, California: October 17-21, 2011

Hotel: Ramada Inn Hotel & Suites, 1250 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento, CA, 95691

The Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers, on behalf of the California Office of Administrative Hearings, conducted a five-day training for mediators and special education hearing officers in Sacramento, California. The program was held at the  Ramada Inn Hotel & Suites.

Program Schedule, Topics and Speakers
Day Time Topic Speaker
Monday, Oct. 17  1-4 PM Assistive Technology Prof. David Edyburn, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison
Tuesday, Oct. 18 9 AM - Noon Disability Awareness Panel: Bob N. Varma, ALJ/California; Dr. Kathy Gee, California State University/Sacramento; Ron Huff, Ph.D., Alta California Regional Center; S.K. Mendez; Michael J. Slone, LEP, NCSP
1-4 PM Mediating with People with Disabilities Judith Cohen, Access Resources, New York, NY
Wednesday, Oct. 19 9 AM - Noon Twice-Exceptional Children Jill L. Geary, Esq., (former) Presiding ALJ, Washington State
1-4 PM What Is An ABA Placement? Kathryn E. Dobel, Law Office, & Bryna Siegel, Ph.D., Univ. of California/San Francisco
Thursday, Oct. 20 9 AM - Noon LD: Evaluation, Impact on Educational Needs and Adaptation of Strategies Barbara Bateman, J.D., Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Special Education, University of Oregon
1-4 PM Prof. Julie K. Waterstone, Southwestern Law School
Friday, Oct. 21 8-11 AM Writing Better Decisions Prof. Elizabeth A. Francis, Univ. of Nevada/Reno

Program Materials

Materials distributed to participants are available here.

Following are the Powerpoints used by program speakers:

  1. Dobel: ABA Placement
  2. Siegel: ABA Placement
  3. Geary: Twice Exceptional Children
  4. Awareness of Hearing Impairments
  5. Awareness of Physical Impairments