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Attorney Say Presented at the 2022 Northern Plains Law Conference on Servings Students with Disabilities Virtual Conference

On October 6, School Chair Brooke E.D. Say, Esq. addressed two topics at the 2022 Northern Plains Law Conference on Serving Students with Disabilities in Bismarck, North Dakota, on October 6. This two-day conference hosted special education administrators, state/school district attorneys, state education agency staff, related services, and other stakeholders, particularly in North and South Dakota and Montana. The conference covered special education legal issues, including the latest information from due process hearings, circuit court cases, OSEP/OCR guidance letters, and basic IDEA procedural requirements.


Attorney Say joined a panel of fellow lawyers from Florida, Illinois, Alabama, and New Mexico. Brooke presented this topic in two breakout sessions: 


Dyslexia Dysfunctions: Intervention, Identification, Legislation, and Litigation

• Intervention Traps and Trends 

• State-based legislation and guidance 

• Identification, Disability “Fit”, Co-Morbidity, and IDEA’s Prong 1/2 requirements 

• Recent litigation on Dyslexia


In a separate breakout session, Brooke dove into:


Understanding the Education Alternatives (Homebound, Home Education, and Private Schools): Rights, Obligations, and Arrangements Under and Outside of IDEA

• Home School v. Homebound v. IDEA placements (instruction in the home) 

• Private Schools at Parent Placement v. LEA Placement  

• OSEP QA 22-01 Guidance on Serving Children in Private Schools  

• Private School Obligations – federal funds and non-discrimination under Section 504

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