Parent Sessions Orange County 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

This is an intensive legal training opportunity exclusively for parents/grandparents of children with autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities.* Please see our Continuing Legal Education for professional training.

Location & Conference Details
  • Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA
  • Conference will be held in Chemistry Bldg (207/214)
  • Driving Directions
  • Campus Map
  • Parking is free
  • Lunch/snacks: many food trucks are available at the adjacent OCC Swap Meet.
  • Reminder – this is a parents/grandparents-only event. It is not for professionals.
Welcome & Preparing for Advocacy

Lynne Arnold, MA

Although parents know far more about their child’s challenges and abilities, they often feel at a disadvantage at school district (IEP) meetings or with the regional center (IFSP or IPP). How can they begin to leverage that knowledge into effective advocacy? The first step is understanding the critical fundamentals of documentation, concentrating on specifics, deconstructiong challenges, realizing the roles of professionals involved with their child and simply becoming an organized advocate with a focused mission.

Assessments: The Neuropsychological Perspective

Mitchel Perlman, PhD

When it comes to assessments, one size does not fit all. Dr. Perlman will review the differences between the assessments that qualify for Special Education, for Regional Center, for State Assistance (e.g., SSI), and for Insurance Reimbursement. The most salient issues for each assessment type will be highlighted, as well as the most common misinterpretations that result in ill-fated recommendations (e.g., the wrong processes being targeted for intervention, the wrong placement being offered, a denial of services). Particular attention will be given to how you can prepare for those assessments and to what you can provide the examiner, so that the odds may be increased of your obtaining services or reimbursement.

IEP Strategy

Timothy Adams, Esq.
The first step to effectively controlling the IEP process is determining the appropriate strategy to gain leverage with the school district. The IEP process will be broken down into components to teach parents how to evaluate the best course of action in each situation. We will discuss how parents can more effectively respond to district objections to parental and independent expert recommendations. Techniques for forcing district personnel to fully explain their positions and district “policies” will be explored. Parents will learn how to apply these concepts to their child’s individual needs and their district.

Birth to 12 years: Choosing Your Battles: When and How to Access Services from the Regional Center and other State Programs

Cara Lucier, Esq.

There is a maze of publicly funded services available for people with disabilities, including Regional Center services, IHSS, Medi-Cal, SSI, CCS, and more. This session will provide an overview, or  “map” of publicly funded services available to infants, toddlers, and children with special needs. Attendees will also learn when and how they can access these services, and how to prioritize their energy in accessing needed services in the way that most benefits their child at every life stage.

13 years and Beyond: Maximizing Independent Living

Wendy Dumlao, Esq.

Focusing on ages 13 years and older, this session focuses on publicly funded services available for their child transitioning out of special education. Attendees should attend this session, if their child is receiving or they would like them to receive Regional Center services. A quick overview of each publicly funded program will be discussed and the differences between the programs. The focus of this session will be on strategies to access Regional Center services and other publicly funded services like, IHSS, SSI and Medi-Cal to maximize their adult child’s ability to live in the community. Although the focus is on transition to living in the community, the session will also include how to access these services if their child would like to continue to live in the family home.

Health Insurance for Autism-related Interventions

Jodi Bouer, Esq.

Insurance attorney Jodi Bouer will explain the major components of your insurance policy, and break down the insurance claims process to demystify how you can obtain coverage for your child’s autism therapies. They will identify key arguments and strategies that you can use to maximize your reimbursements. Please bring your coverage and coding questions to the seminar for the Q&A.

Special Needs Trusts and Conservatorships

Elizabeth McCoy, Esq.

Ms. McCoy will explain why your child needs a Special Needs Trust; how a Special Needs Trust can protect your child’s ability to receive Medi-Cal and SSI; how to avoid some of the biggest mistakes people make regarding estate planning for children with Autism; why it is paramount to have a guardianship agreement in place if you have a minor child; why parents need to avoid probate if you have a child with Autism; and how to be a better consumer of Special Needs Trusts. Ms. McCoy will also explain the probate court conservatorship process, why your child may need a conservatorship and alternatives to conservatorship.

Vaccine Law

Robert Sears, MDKevin Barry, Esq.Kim Mack Rosenberg, Esq.

With a focus on California, the speakers will discuss the available exemptions to vaccinations and parents’ questions. Can I get a philosophical or religious exemption and what’s the difference? Do I need to practice a certain religion to get a religious exemption? Can my child’s school deny my exemption or question my religious sincerity? What role do medical professional play in exemptions? The presentation will be followed by Q&A with our panel of experts.