Special Education Law and Communicating with Culturally Diverse Parents of Exceptional Children

August 14, 2018, 9:00 am to 12:15 pm
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Alyssa Navarrete, Esq, and Mirian Ofonedu, Ph.D., LCSW-C

3.0 Cat. 1 CEUs   

Part 1: Special Education Law

This workshop will cover an overview of special education law and additional protections provided to students under Maryland law. The presenters will provide an overview of Maryland State Department of Education guidance and technical assistance bulletins and share online special education law resources.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Utilize laws relevant to special education.
  2. Assess eligibility for special education and the special education evaluation process.
  3. Recognize goals for extended school year services and transition planning.
  4. Summarize available dispute resolution methods.    

Part 2: Communicating with Culturally Diverse Parents of Exceptional Children

In order for parents of students with disabilities to be meaningfully involved as a member of their child’s academic and medical care, they first need to feel welcomed, informed, and valued. When professionals deliberately and proactively utilize culturally-responsive strategies to provide information, resources, and support to families who are from diverse cultures or speak another language, they create opportunities for meaningful family engagement. Ultimately, this yields better outcomes for children with disabilities. The presenters will draw on the latest research and their own experiences working with diverse clients to educate the audience on this important topic. The workshop will provide professionals with practical tips and information that they can utilize to foster better and more comprehensive relationships with culturally diverse families.  

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Know what it means to be culturally responsive in a variety of settings (clinical, educational, etc.).
  2. Identify barriers that culturally diverse parents face when attempting to assist their child in the medical and academic contexts.
  3. Recognize strategies to better engage with and incorporate culturally diverse families into a student/patient’s care.
  4. Foster more meaningful and culturally-sensitive communication between professionals and families of children with disabilities. 

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • General community members
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Psychologists
  • Support and other school staff
  • Social workers
  • Law professionals
  • Counselors
  • Family members



Kennedy Krieger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and Social Workers. Kennedy Krieger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  3.0 to 6.0 Continuing Education Credits (Category 1) will be granted to Social Workers and licensed psychologists. This seminar reflects program content and is intended to meet the Maryland license requirement to enhance competence in the provision of psychological services to culturally diverse populations. No conflicts have been identified.

For more information on our Summer Learning Series or to request accommodation or assistance for individuals with disabilities, please contact us by phone at 443-923-9555, email Training.MCDD@KennedyKrieger.org , or visit MCDD.KennedyKrieger.org 


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