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In recent years, PEN has arranged and participated in presentations and online webinars on special education topics. To give those presentations new life to reach a wider audience, PEN is making recordings available through this website and PEN's YouTube channel. Some videos have been released by other organizations and may be linked here for convenience.

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Presentation and Webinar List by Year



  • Athletic Extracurricular Activities and Students with Disabilities, District's Obligations under the IDEA and Section 504
    Near the start of this webinar, Charlie covers how the rights to access and participate in nonacademic, athletic and extracurricular activities can be covered by two federal discrimination laws. Those laws are Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition, Charlie explains how another law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), also applies. Later, he discusses example legal cases related to the subject.

  • Concussions and Other Severities of Traumatic Brain Injuries and their Effects on School Age Students
    In this webinar, Brenda begins by explaining the characteristics and school impacts of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), with a focus on concussions. She also explains the process of the BrainSTEPS program in Pennsylvania. Later in the webinar, Charlie talks about how students with TBIs can be eligible for support through IEPs and Section 504 plans. He also explains the similarities and differences between the two options and covers some of the areas of schooling where students with TBIs might need accommodations.

  • Pediatric Stroke — What You Need to Know
    In this webinar, Elisa begins by providing brief information about the types of pediatric stroke conditions and how they differ from adult strokes. She mentions some of the signs and symptoms of pediatric stroke, including symptoms that might affect a child's education. Later in the webinar, Charlie gives an overview of two options available to students affected by pediatric stroke: IEPs and Section 504 plans. He explains how these students could be eligible for services and gives a few examples of considerations for accommodations.


  • Other Health Impairments (OHI)
    In this webinar, Attorney Jelley begins with a review of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Section 504 service agreements. He explains how the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines other health impairments (OHI), and he reviews how students with other health impairments can qualify for IEPs or Section 504 service agreements. He also looks at some of the unique educational needs that may need to be addressed for students with other health impairments, such as managing flare-ups and crisis situations.

  • Fostering and Teaching True Independence: Fading Supports When Appropriate
    In this recorded webinar, Brenda Kauffman defines fading and discusses how fading supports can build a foundation for independent living and community participation. She highlights the partnerships between parents, paraeducators, educational team members and students in identifying, defining, implementing and fading supports. In addition, she discusses the importance of building independent functioning throughout a child's life. Brenda also discusses the pros and cons of one-to-one support when building independence in school, community and work settings.


  • FAPE Requirements Under Section 504
    In this webinar, Attorney Jelley reviews how Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act applies to education in Pennsylvania. He looks at what protections are offered by Section 504, how students are determined to be eligible, the responsibilities that local education agencies (LEAs) have, and what dispute resolution options are available. Throughout the webinar, he also compares and contrasts Section 504 with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

  • Harassment and Bullying 101
    In this webinar, Attorney Ruder presents some practical ways for parents to address the harassment and bullying of children with disabilities. He begins with an overview of how special education law in Pennsylvania relates to harassment and bullying. Later, he discusses school district harassment policies, and how they can help parents resolve situations. Finally, he gives further recommendations for handling bullying situations, and gives two additional methods for filing complaints. Throughout the presentation, Attorney Ruder also answers specific questions from audience members.

  • Exploring Careers, Colleges and Scholarships with
    In this webinar, Marla Kane showcases, a website from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). The EducationPlanner website provides and organizes resources on education topics. Some of the website's features include self-assessments, career planning tools, information on preparing for various levels of education, tools for locating schools and techniques to reduce the costs of education.

  • Free Appropriate Public Education Under Section 504
    In this webinar, Attorney Jelley compares the federal and Pennsylvania regulations covering Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to the regulations for FAPE under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


  • Alternative Methods to Resolving Disputes
    In this webinar, Attorney Jelley examines several options in Pennsylvania for resolving special education disputes. For each option, Attorney Jelley explains the option's purpose, which outside parties are involved, who decides the outcome of the process, and what the costs and deadlines are. Throughout the webinar, he also offers suggestions for dealing with the other parties who become involved in a dispute.

  • Including Assistive Technology in the IEP
    In this webinar, Amy Goldman discusses how the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) apply to assistive technology. She also talks about methods of including assistive technology (both devices and services) in Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
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The publications, videos and information on this website do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education and are not intended as legal advice.

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H328M100013. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, David Emenheiser.

El contenido de este sitio de web fue desarrollado con una subvención del Departamento de Educación de los Estado Unidos, #H328M100013. Aunque el Departamento de Educación fundo este projecto, el contenido no representa necesariamente las pólizas del Departamento de Educación y usted no debe asumir su aprobación por el gobierno federal. Oficial de Proyecto, David Emenheiser.

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