Workshop Information

Let’s Chat!

Please join us for a 3-part family workshop series on deaf education, Pennsylvania laws and transition, family rights and learn how you can be the best advocate for your Deaf/Hard of Hearing child. The webinar will be provided in ASL and English (Spanish available upon request).

Let’s Chat! Deaf Education

March 17th 12:00 – 1:00 PM

-Evaluation Information
-IDEA/ADA/Section 504
-Medical vs Educational
-Related Services

Let’s Chat! PA Laws and Transition

March 24th 12:00 – 1:00 PM

-Brief Federal Law Overview
-State-Specific Laws/Regulations
-State Resolution Process

Let’s Chat! Advocacy and Family Rights

April 7th 12:00 – 1:00 PM

-Advocacy Tips for Parents
-IEPs/504/Communication Plans
-Who is on your team

About the Presenters:

Jeni Hergenredger

Jeni Hergenreder, Esq. received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2008 and has since practice exclusively in the area of special education litigation, representing parents of students with disabilities in due process hearing and federal court appeals. Ms. Hergenreder has trained hundreds of parents, teachers, school administrators, and attorneys on the educational rights of students with disabilities.

Tawny Holmes Hlibok

Tawny Holmes Hlibok, Esq., is the education policy counsel at the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and provides policy consultation on a local, state, national, and global level. She is one of the rare (if not the only) deaf attorneys with a masters degree in deaf education and experience in teaching deaf students of all ages. Ms. Holmes also teaches at Gallaudet University focusing on sign language rights and advocacy.

Maria Vetter

Maria Vetter is versatile and devoted education consultant and child advocate who works with families of students with special needs, from diagnosis and early intervention, to school age and transitioning out of school into independent living. She helps families understand the education process and aids them in securing the specialized services their children require. Ms. Vetter also supports parents and students by attending IEP meetings, conferences, mediations and team meetings to advocate for the students’ rights.

The purpose of this presentation will be to provide general information only. Information presented will not constitute legal advice or advice specific to anyone’s individual situation. For legal advice and/or advice specific to your situation, you will need to contact an attorney directly and outside the context of the presentation.

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