(Webcast) Transition Planning for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Repairing the Bridge to Adult Services

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Program Co-Chair:
Paola Martinez-Boone
MSW, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Program Co-Chair:
Nanette Schorr
Bronx Legal Services

Program Co-Chair:
Kim Susser
Law Office of Kim Susser

Program Co-Chair:
Arthur Block
Arthur Block Attorney at Law

  • For students with intellectual or developmental disabilities, the transition from special education services to adult services is especially difficult.  Too frequently, local school districts and state agencies fail to provide necessary planning and services to prepare special education students for the transition, or fail to identify appropriate adult placements for the students as they “age out.”  The panel will begin with an overview of the law on transition, i.e., the rights of students and the duties of school districts under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and NYS Education Law. Participants will then explore the challenges in the transition process at the school district level and ways to overcome them: how to advocate during the development of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP); how to use administrative due process procedures (impartial hearings) to obtain independent evaluation, compensatory education, or other relief.  Finally, the panel will address the role of state agencies, especially the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), and issues of eligibility and availability of services.

    Program Fee:
    $49 for Members | $149 for Nonmembers
    Government/Nonprofit/Academic: Free for Members | $49 for Nonmembers
    Members who are Law Students, Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2019-2021), and In-House/Corporate Counsel attend this program for free.

  • Program Co-Chairs:

    Paola Martinez-Boone
    MSW, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

    Arthur Block
    Arthur Block Attorney at Law

    Kim Susser
    Law Office of Kim Susser

    Nanette Schorr
    Bronx Legal Services


    Ashley Grant
    Advocates for Children of New York

    Michael Cuddy
    Cuddy Law Firm P.L.L.C.

    Juliet Eisenstein
    Advocates for Children of New York

    Alyssa Galea
    Disability Rights New York

  • 12:00 – 12:05 pm

    1. Overview by Moderator

    12:05 – 12:30 pm

    1. Law on Transition: The Rights of Students and the Duties of School Districts Under the IDEA and NYS Education Law
      1. Educational and Related Services at the School District Before Aging Out, to Prepare for Future Adult Services
      2. Evaluations
      3. Transition Planning Including Identifying and Involving the Appropriate State Agencies

    12:30 – 12:55 pm

    1. Challenges in the Transition Process at the School District Level
      1. Advocacy During the Development of the IEP
      2. Use of Administrative Due Process Procedures (Impartial Hearings)
      3. Available Compensatory Education, Including Extension of Educational Funding, Independent Evaluations and Other Relief

    12:55 – 1:20 pm

    1. OPWDD – Adult and Children Services
      1. Eligibility
        1. Criteria
        2. Necessary Evaluations and Other Documentation
        3. Fair Hearings to Appeal Denial of Eligibility
      2. Adult Services
      3. OPWDD Services for School Children and Their Families
      4. Quick Overview of Administrative Appeal Procedures

    1:20 – 1:25 pm

    1. Other Agencies – Adult and Student Services
      1. OMH
      2. NYSED:  ACCESS-VR

    1:25 – 1:30 pm

    1. Q&A 

  • New York: 1.5 Professional Practice
    New Jersey: 1.7 General
    California: 1.5 General
    Pennsylvania: 1.0 General

  • Sponsoring Committee:
    Education & the Law, Jarienn A. James & Evan S. Rosenberg
    Disability Law, Katherine Rose Carroll

    Sponsoring Association:
    Small Law Firm Center

    Co-Sponsored By:
    Education Law Task Force – Legal Services of New York City

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | aavila@nycbar.org