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Special Education Rights for Children

Monday, March 16, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room

Special Education Rights for Children with Behavioral Challenges: What to Expect in the IEP, FBA & BIP by Jeffrey Forte, Esq. and Dr. Solandy Forte

The IDEA provides specific requirements for an IEP when a child’s behavior effects their access to learning or the learning of others. This program addresses how to ambitiously represent children with behavioral challenges from the prospective of the advocate, attorney, and clinician.

About the Presenters

Jeffrey L. Forte, Esq. is the founding member of Forte Law Group LLC and is one of only very few attorneys in Connecticut that has obtained a Certificate in Special Education Advocacy from the Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA) at William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. Jeff’s legal educational background including his legal internships while in law school contributed significantly to him honing the multifaceted nature of special education law, juvenile justice and child advocacy. Jeff graduated from American University, Washington College of Law where he placed first in his class for trial advocacy and first in his class for best appellate argument at the law school’s mock trial and moot court competitions. While in law school, Jeff also served as Dean’s Fellow for the both Civil & Criminal Mock Trial Programs and was selected to be one of eight student attorneys to serve within the law school’s Third Year Criminal Justice Clinic where he served as a criminal defense attorney for children involved within the juvenile justice system.

Solandy Forte, PhD, LCSW, BCBA-D is a Licensed Behavior Analyst in CT and MA the Director of Consultation Services and Community Outreach at Milestones Behavioral Services in Milford, CT. Dr. Solandy Forte is a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst licensed in Connecticut and Massachusetts and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Dr. Forte provides consultation services to the Milestones’ School Programs, Advanced Intervention and Daycare. She is also leading the Community Outreach initiative. Solandy has worked with children and young adults with a wide range of developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, autism and related disorders in their homes, schools, and community settings. She has coordinated with multi-disciplinary teams to promote capacity for educating children within the least restrictive educational setting. Currently, Dr. Forte serves on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analyst Leadership Council (BALC) and has been a member of the Executive Council for the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysts (CTABA). She has presented at regional and national conferences on topics related to staff training, behavioral assessment, navigating through cultural barriers, behavioral consultation, supervision, and ethics. Dr. Forte is also an adjunct professor for the Institute of Autism and Behavioral Studies at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut and the Institute of Behavioral Studies at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Dr. Forte and Attorney Forte both serve on the executive committee for SEEK of CT.

This event is co-sponsored by Darien SEPAC and Darien Library.

Please RSVP to dariensepac@gmail.com

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