Free Webinar Helps SPED Directors Understand New Legislation and Avoid Legal Pitfalls

District leaders learn ways to avoid common mistakes during September 18, 2012 webinar

SAN FRANCISCO, August 9, 2012 – Understanding new legislative provisions is essential for district special education (SPED) leaders in order to avoid legal entanglements throughout the school year. To help understand these new laws and avoid legal pitfalls, PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy for schools, is hosting a free webinar, titled “The Five Legal Pitfalls SPED Directors Must Avoid This Year,” on Tuesday, September 18th at 1:00 pm ET (10:00 am PT). To register for the webinar, visit

During the webinar, Charles L. Weatherly, Sr., a founding partner of the Weatherly Law Firm, LLP and one of the nation’s leading SPED attorneys, will look at specific topics that district SPED leaders should be aware of and provide ways that they can avoid legal pitfalls and common mistakes associated with these topics. The transition to the Common Core State Standards, the growing awareness of bullying, the reauthorization of IDEA, the implementation of RTI, and the growth in children with autism and related communication disorders will be discussed during the webinar.

By attending the webinar, participants will learn:

  • What they can do to avoid SPED procedural compliance mistakes with IDEA.
  • The most common record-keeping errors districts make with special-needs students.
  • How to document their efforts to address bullying and harassment cases.
  • Legal considerations when providing outside services of SLPs and other experts to help autistic students.
  • Why fulfilling SPED obligations with RTI could present legal issues.


This webinar is the fourth in a series of free webinars sponsored by PresenceLearning. The webinar series, entitled “SPED Ahead” New Realities, New Choices – A Forum for School Leaders,” brings together thought leaders who are re-thinking the way special education services, especially speech-language pathology services, are delivered.


About Charles L. Weatherly, Sr.

Charles L. Weatherly, Sr. is one of the founding partners of the Weatherly Law Firm, LLP based in Atlanta, Georgia. Weatherly has represented educational agencies across the country in special education matters since 1978 and has practiced exclusively in this area since 1990. As a seasoned and experienced trial lawyer advocating for educators and school administrators, Weatherly has earned a national reputation for his expertise in all facets of special education and anti-discrimination laws. Weatherly was involved in Congressional reauthorization and amendment of IDEA and has previously testified before the Senate Disability Subcommittee on the subject. Additionally, Weatherly has provided expert testimony on behalf of educational agencies in litigation matters involving IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning ( is the leading provider of live online speech therapy services for K-12 students. The company offers school districts web-based access to a growing, nationwide network of nearly 200 highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs) via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practice. PresenceLearning delivers large cost savings while improving student outcomes. PresenceLearning is an ASHA-approved continuing education provider for SLPs and a U.S. Department of Education grant-winner, dedicated to bringing the highest clinical standards to online speech therapy.


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