Supporting Families

Harbor Island 2

Hot Topics in Special Education Advocacy

Thursday, November 2
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Harbor Island 2

Target Audience: Executive & Board

Come learn from national special education advocacy organizations about current issues in advocating for special education services. We will cover new strategies for advocating for a free appropriate public education (FAPE) since the US Supreme Court's decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, as well as how to educate families about their rights in different school choice settings, including traditional public schools, charter schools, and private schools. Participants will have a chance to discuss additional issues that are arising in their advocacy.

Learning Objectives:

Shawn Ullman

Director, The Arc@School
The Arc
Washington, District of Columbia

Shawn Ullman is Director of The Arc@School, The Arc's new Center for Special Education Advocacy. She was a staff attorney for 11 years with Disability Rights DC where she represented children and adults with I/DD seeking special education and home and community-based services from public schools and state agencies to live, learn, and work alongside their non-disabled peers. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow for Ohio State Legal Services Association Shawn helped build the capacity of legal service attorneys throughout Ohio to represent students with disabilities and their families in special education matters. She has written educational materials and given presentations to students, parents, educators, government agencies and other community stakeholders regarding the rights of students and families in the special education process. Shawn has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from DePauw University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.


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Denise Marshall

Executive Director
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Towson, Maryland

Denise has been the Executive Director of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) since 2005. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Science. Denise has a wealth of non-profit association management experience and is a dynamic trainer, experienced in leading sessions for participants of diverse abilities and experience levels. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of COPAA, Denise was the Director of Training and Educational Outreach for the national organization TASH from 1995-2005, the Program Manager and Trainer for Maryland Leaders in Disability Policy; and a Positive Behavior Support Specialist and Director of the National Training Center for The Kennedy Krieger Institute in Maryland. Denise's specific areas of interest are the civil right to quality education, positive behavioral supports, prevention and reduction in the use of restraints, seclusion and aversive techniques, family supports, grassroots advocacy, self-advocacy, and experiential learning.


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