New Mission

New Mission

My idea is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues. I’d like to see different successful schools, wherever they may be, up close. I’d like to sit down with directors and administrators. I’d like to speak with government officials who keep a pulse on the education affairs of their communities. I want to learn more about education around the globe through speaking with locals, seeing the schools, and shaking hands with the people responsible for implementing the systems. If you know of any outstanding (public or private) special needs schools in other parts of the world, I’d love to hear about them. If you know any education experts from around the world, I’d love to be introduced to them. Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas. Read more about my mission.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

2013 COPAA Conference

For those of you who are not familiar, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) is a national organization composed of parents, parent attorneys, and parent advocates whose mission is to protect the rights of children with disabilities (  This past week I attended COPAA's annual conference which took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  As always, the conference included a panoply of workshops, lectures, and brainstorming sessions.  Some of the highlights included:

  • A fantastic presentation by Amy Langerman, Esq. about behavior management
  • A session with Brian Reichow, PhD., BCBA-D, about the implications of the new DSM-5, especially for individuals with autism
  • An interactive litigation strategies session headed by Jon Zimring, Esq.
  • A special education finance session with Sonja Kerr, Esq.  
  • A session presented by Andy Feinstein, Esq. and Caroline Heller, Esq. about the meaning of "free appropriate public education" 
  • A brainstorming session for 2013 policy considerations 

The conference also covered developments in recent case law and current trends in special education.

The 2014 conference is slated for March 7-10 in Baltimore, Maryland.