Section 504 as It Applies to Schools

July 16th, 2021

Presenter is Keith Butler from Indiana Disability Rights. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law that protects qualified persons with disabilities from discrimination.  This presentation is not a complete recitation of the law, but only Section 504 as it applies to schools. Presentation will discuss Child Find, evaluation and re-evaluations, manifestation determination requirement for disciplinary change of placement and procedural safeguards requirements. This presentation is appropriate for parents of children with Section 504 plans, school staff, including Section 504 Coordinators and anyone who works with students with disabilities.

A Conversation about Educational Stability for Youth in Foster Care

May 19th, 2021

This is an informal Q & A session designed to help you get answers you need to best support our DCS involved youth.  Presented by Melaina Gant, Director, Education Services and ESSA Point of Contact for the Department of Child Services (DCS).


In preparation for this presentation, participants are strongly encouraged to view the presentation, "Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) & Supporting Foster Youth as Students"


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Attendance Update 2020-2021

February 11th, 2021

This presentation will review attendance legal guidelines, attendance expectations during covid, including new attendance codes, and will review Chronic Absenteeism as well as the free resources available on the IDOE website.  Lisa Truitt is the Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness Specialist State Attendance Officer at the Indiana Department of Education.

Communicating with Schools: Collaborative Strategies for Positive Outcomes

November 23rd, 2020

A major intent of federal and state law in special education is to encourage positive working relationships between parents and schools. The use of effective communication techniques can enhance collaborative relationships and minimize conflict.  This presentation will address building positive relationships between parents and schools, verbal and nonverbal communication, types of communicators and strategies for building communication skills. 

Talking with Children About Race and Bias

November 3rd, 2020

In today's social climate, conversations about race seem inevitable.  Parents are challenged with deciding when and how to have these conversations.  Some parents may wonder, is there an age too young to talk about race?  Silence about race can reinforce racism by allowing children to draw their own conclusions. These conclusions are shaped by society and can lead to implicit bias.  Come learn strategies on identifying and minimizing implicit bias and leave equipped with tools to guide your discussion with children about race.  

Presented by: 

Redgina Hill, PhD   Founder & CEO   Redgina Hill Consulting, LLC


Resources described  during the presentation:

Anderson Cooper Kid's Talk on Race

What Kind of Asian Are You? - Microaggression video

Children's Books

Back to School with Dr. Nancy Holsapple, Indiana Director of Special Education

August 19th, 2020

IN*SOURCE conducted a live webinar with Dr. Nancy Holsapple, Indiana Director of Special Education and Lesa Paddack, Parent Liaison to the Indiana Department of Education and IN*SOURCE Regional Program Specialist Supervisor.


They discussed the opening of schools and supporting students when they re-enter school during the covid 19 pandemic.

Advocating and Addressing Assistive Technology in the IEP

July 22nd, 2020

The Presentation will begin with an overview of Article 7 and how we are legally bound to address AT for each student uniquely and annually. Next, the IIEP system will be examined, with specific attention to the exact places where AT is required to be addressed and concrete examples shared. Then, accommodations within the IEP will be focused on, giving special interest to the accommodations that directly address AT and are also a part of the statewide assessment accommodations. The session will end with planning for successful implementation of AT supports the Top 5-10 common pitfalls to avoid when addressing AT and testing and conclude with Q&A with the IDOE Assessment Accessibility Specialist.

The Role of the Individualized Health Plan in Supporting Students

July 22nd, 2020

This webinar is intended to understand what an Individualized Health Plan is, how to develop, who should be involved and how it can support a student in the school environment.

Every Student Succeeds Act and Foster Youth as Students

May 19th, 2020

The Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by then President Obama in 2015, includes significant protections and supports for foster youth, who are an extremely vulnerable and underperforming population of students.  Leaning heavily on the mandates outlined within ESSA, Indiana has established a highly collaborative process between child welfare and education state-level agencies, and the local schools/corporations to help identify and provide increased stability for foster youth. 

Individuals participating in this webinar can expect the following:

  • Learn about the specific requirements of ESSA as they relate to foster youth.
  • Learn who the state points of contact are for foster youth at the Department of Child Services and the Indiana Department of Education, and have access to their contact information.
  • Learn about requirements for local foster care points of contact within each school/corporation.
  • Learn about collaborative process for determining educational best interest placement for foster youth.
  • Understand the difference between the school of origin and transitional school/corporation, and their responsibilities in supporting foster youth through ESSA.
  • Learn about resources to increase knowledge and application of ESSA to support foster youth.

Guest speakers, Melaina Gant, M.Ed, Department of Child Services, and Jeff Wittman, Indiana Department Of Education, will be sharing information about how to serve foster youth across Indiana in a manner that helps them to reach their unique potential.


Advocating for the Foster Child with Special Needs

May 8th, 2020

This training is for foster parents, case managers, CASAs, judges, teachers, and others who work with foster children. It provides information about risk factors for foster children with disabilities, the special education process and how to advocate for foster children.

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