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Topic: Legal Issues and Special Education Speaker: Jennifer J. Wood, Wood Law, P.C. Location: Attorney Resouce Center

When: Thursday, March 5
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Where: Attorney Resource Center
505 N. County Farm Rd
3rd Floor
Wheaton, Illinois  60187
United States
Presenter: Jennifer J. Wood
Contact: Cindy Allston

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Legal Issues and Special Education

The special education process presents many legal challenges for students, schools, and respective counsel.  While the federal law may seem comprehensive and straightforward, state guidelines and local directives can come into conflict, thus complicating important plans and programing intended to protect a vulnerable student population. School resources are more limited than ever before, yet the need for them has increased considerably.  As such, proactive teamwork and creative solutions can be the answer to the larger school law problem presented by the legal and practical challenges of special education.

Speaker: Jennifer J. Wood

Bio:  Jennifer J. Wood is founder of Wood Law, P.C. a law firm dedicated to the practice of family law and school law with an emphasis on special needs concerns.  A former teacher and the mother of seven children, including three sons with autism, Ms. Wood represents families challenged by special needs in school disputes, such as IEPs and due process hearings, and family law matters, such as divorce and custody.  Ms. Wood serves on the Attorney General's Select Committee on Special Education, and is also featured as a recurring author for Chicago Parent Magazine and Chicago Special Parent Magazine.  Ms. Wood has written about support for adult children with special needs for the Illinois Bar Journal, and she was featured as an "Autism Champion" in the American Academy of Pediatrics' Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know.

Pizza lunch and salad is available for those who preregister.  Only DCBA Members will receive MCLE credit.

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