Nuts and Bolts of the Special Education Process: Tips and Strategies to Advocate for Your Child

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wilton Library
Brubeck Room

Event Details

Presented by SPED*NET in the Wilton Library Brubeck Room, this presentation will help parents through a confusing and complicated system of acronyms and processes in special education.  Attorney Melissa Accomando will cover everything you need to know to prepare for, and participate in, your child's Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting. You will learn about the process for referring a child for an initial special education evaluation; how to review evaluations and prepare for developing an Individualized Education Program (IEP); the continuum of services; and the annual review meeting.  She will help you make sense of it all so that you can feel confident in advocating for your child to ensure they are receiving the appropriate supports and services in the least restrictive environment.

Melissa Accomando is a senior staff attorney and team leader in the education practice at Brooklyn Defender Services. As an education attorney, she advocates for the educational needs of young people and families in Brooklyn who are involved in the criminal justice or family regulation systems. Her advocacy includes ensuring students receive the appropriate special education supports and services; representing students at school suspension and special education due process hearings; and helping families to navigate the public school system in New York City.  In addition, Melissa is an adjunct professor in the Education Law Clinic at New York Law School where she co-teaches seminars and hosts a law student intern during the academic year.

Sponsored by SPED*NET in partnership with Wilton Library and Newtown SPED PTA.  Registration recommended.  Please register online or call 203-762-6334.  For more information, contact

Event Type(s): Library Program
Age Group(s): Adults

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