Issues in Special Education, Law and Practice

Several local organizations have joined forces to host a training event tailored to those who live and work with children with special needs. The goal is to develop personally and professionally and create the best learning environments for our kids.

Join us on March 27 at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, for this important training seminar.


When: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Where: The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Second Floor Meeting Room

RSVP: This event is free, but seats are limited. You must register by March 26.

Special Notes: The location is wheelchair accessible. Click here for directions. Refreshments and snacks will be provided for registered attendees. Please specify any dietary restrictions on your registration form. Child care will be provided by the Autism Society of Southeast Ohio, the Appalachian Network for Developmental Disabilities and OU-HCOM AmeriCorps by reservation only.


Parent Advisory Council Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Everyone is invited to the State Support Team Region 16 PAC luncheon. The goal is to provide feedback to the SST on the needs of families of children with disabilities in the region, and to foster collaboration that is child and family focused.

Parent Session 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to speak with experts in special education law and public education. Bring your questions, as this is designed to be interactive. Or, send them in advance via your registration form. Certificates of attendance will be available.

Professional Session 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Professionals will have the chance to increase their level of expertise. During this session, you will:

  • Discuss how to avoid the pitfalls involved with evaluation of students
  • Describe the legal requirements regarding managing challenging behavior of students with disabilities
  • Explain how to successfully navigate the IEP process including effective communication with parents

Continuing Education credits have been requested for the evening session. Upon approval, they will be awarded to nurses, counselors and social workers. Certificates of attendance will be provided for teachers and early childhood education providers.


Aimee E. Gilman, LPA, has been practicing law for the past 28 years. She began her career focusing primarily on commercial litigation, both in Ohio and Florida. In 1998, Aimee began practicing special education law, supporting children with special needs and their families. She co-founded Special Education Services (SES) in 2001, a non-profit agency whose mission was to help families understand their children’s special education needs and legal rights, as well as to educate parents and provide technical assistance. After eight years with SES, Aimee went back into private practice, continuing to focus on special education law. As the parent of a child with autism, Aimee knows first-hand the challenges that parents face and is dedicated to helping them navigate the system in order to best serve their child’s needs. She’s also the author of the “Lighter Side of Special Education” articles, which have appeared online for many years.

Debbi Buck is a school psychologist who has worked in southeastern Ohio in seven different districts over a twenty-year period. In some of those districts she was also the Local District Coordinator. Currently, Debbi is the lead special education consultant atState Support Team – Region 16, where she works with parents and districts when conflicts arise, represents the agency at the Parent Mentor conferences, and works closely with the Parent Advisory Committee at Region 16. Debbi has always cared first for children, and she has a special heart for students with disabilities. She has gained a greater understanding of the families’ perspectives since being blessed with a granddaughter with special needs who thinks the doctors and nurses at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are extended family.

Have questions? Call Valorie at (800) 694-6480 or email ipacohio [at]

We would like to extend a "Thank you!" to our sponsors, who made this event possible:

OCECD, IPAC, OU-HCOM, SST-16, COAD, Autism Society of Southeast Ohio, ANDD, The Dairy Barn and Project LAUNCH