Conference on the Role of the Neuropsychologist in Special Education Advocacy a Huge Success

photo by Will Meyer

photo by Will Meyer

By Lara Damashek

On Friday, December 2nd, Skyer Law and Greenberg Traurig, L.L.P. co-sponsored The Role of the Neuropsychologist in Special Education Advocacy and Litigation, a professional CLE conference held in Manhattan.

It was a huge success. Over 75 special education attorneys, clinical professionals, and highly regarded neuropsychologists attended.  Not only was it an exciting learning opportunity for professionals working on behalf of children with special education, but it also provided our offices with an opportunity to focus on giving back to our professional community. 

The first panel was led by neuropsychologists who gave a helpful overview of the usefulness of a comprehensive neuropsychological report when it comes to assessing and fully understanding (and planning for) a child's special education needs. 

At the second panel, we heard from three esteemed Impartial Hearing Officers about how independent educational evaluations impact their consideration of special education cases.

Then, Skyer Law attorneys Will Meyer and Abbie Smith led a conversation about how to help families secure high quality evaluations when they do not have the resources to privately fund them. This portion of the conference focused on a specific legal mechanism through which a school district can be compelled to pay for testing when a parent disagrees with the DOE’s evaluations of their child.

It was truly amazing to have this forum to share ideas and to brainstorm ways to help families with special needs children. The feedback we have received from those who participated was so overwhelmingly positive that we are already planning next year’s conference—and will be opening up attendance to parents. So save the date for December 1, 2017! 

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a success.