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Webinars

Michigan Alliance for Families proudly presents our webinar series!  A webinar is an online presentation you can attend without having to leave your home or office.  It’s an opportunity to hear an expert speak for about an hour on a topic that interests you.  Our 2014 webinar series will focus on the topic of transitioning to adulthood.   We are also able to offer 3 webinars on IEP topics in April. Looking for our archived webinars? Click here.  Please note that our webinar space is limited to the first 100 people who sign-in at the start of the webinar.

April 17 “Transition and the Law” with Mark McWilliams from Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, noon to 1pm. Almost all students in special education are entitled to prevocational, vocational and transition planning and services. The school should offer assessment and services to help your child prepare for life after school, including work and other community activities. The school must include transition goals and services in a student’s IEP.  Mark will explain the options, steps and timelines involved in transitioning from public schools. TRANSITION WEBINAR SERIES Register  Handouts: Transition and the Law PPTOSEP Transition Q&ASpitzerReznick

April 22 “Procedural Safeguards” with Kelly Orginski from Michigan Alliance for Families, noon to 1pm. This webinar will help parents/staff better understand the purpose of procedural safeguards, which is to inform parents about the rights and protections available under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. When you know your rights, you’re better able to be an equal participant in the Individualized Family Service Plan/Individualized Education Program (IFSP/IEP) process, and know how to disagree when something isn’t working. IEP WEBINAR FLYER Register

April 24 “Rethinking Guardianship: Facilitating Life-Long Self Determination” (Part 1) with Dohn Hoyle, Executive Director of The Arc Michigan, noon to 1pm.  This presentation will provide participants with a long-term view of the consequences of establishing guardianship. It will cover alternative and empowering ways to address the barriers and circumstances which will inevitably face students with a cognitive or intellectual disability as well as those with communication difficulties as they move into the adult world.  This two hour presentation has been divided into 2 webinars.  This is part 1 of 2. TRANSITION WEBINAR SERIES Register

April 29 “Discipline/ Suspension/ Expulsion- Protections for Students with IEPs” with Mark McWilliams from Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, noon to 1pm.  This webinar will provide an overview of discipline issues related to students with disabilities, including suspension, expulsion, and manifestation determination review. IEP WEBINAR FLYER Register

May 1 “Rethinking Guardianship: Facilitating Life-Long Self Determination” (Part 2) with Dohn Hoyle, Executive Director of The Arc Michigan, noon to 1pm.   This presentation will provide participants with a long-term view of the consequences of establishing guardianship. It will cover alternative and empowering ways to address the barriers and circumstances which will inevitably face students with a cognitive or intellectual disability as well as those with communication difficulties as they move into the adult world.  This two hour presentation has been divided into 2 webinars.  This is part 2 of 2. TRANSITION WEBINAR SERIES Register

May 8 “Ask the Expert” with Dohn Hoyle, Executive Director of The Arc Michigan, 1pm-2pm.  Dohn will be with us for the entire hour, answering your questions about alternatives to guardianship.  Questions may be submitted in advance to emilie@michiganallianceforfamilies.org, using the subject line: Ask the Expert. Please note this webinar deviates from our regular time and will broadcast from 1pm-2pm. TRANSITION WEBINAR SERIES Register

May 15 “Transition IEP Alignment with Other Transition Planning Instruments” with Cheryl Levine from Michigan Special Education Mediation Program, noon to 1pm. Reduce duplication of work by learning how the transition IEP requirements can draw from other mandatory planning tools for students.  Collaborative opportunities and prior assessment instruments will be identified to provide a framework for robust conversations around transition planning for students. TRANSITION WEBINAR SERIES Register

May 22  “Agency Support/Services Overview- CMH, DHS, MRS” with Sherri Boyd from The Arc Michigan and Michigan Alliance for Families, noon to 1pm. This webinar will highlight the most valuable supports/services available to adults with disabilities from agencies here in Michigan- including Community Mental Health, Department of Human Services, and Michigan Rehabilitation Services.  This webinar will not address eligibility. TRANSITION WEBINAR SERIES Register

Archived Webinars

We have archived/recorded topics related to the questions our staff encounter most frequently. Our webinars (like all of our learning opportunities) are free for parents, caregivers, and educators.

We partner with experts from across the state to present “live” webinars at specific times.  Webinars are archived (saved) for future viewing.  Each archived webinar and the accompanying Powerpoint presentation (PPT) is listed below.  You have the option of downloading the Windows Media Video (WMV) file, or viewing directly on the Michigan Alliance for Families YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/MichiganAlliance). We have answers to many webinar how-to questions on our FAQ page.  If you need more assistance, please contact us.

TOPICS

 Topic Handouts, Downloads View on YouTube
Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Eligibility and Evaluation for Special
Education Services in Michigan
Eligibility and Evaluation Webinar PPT   Michigan Eligibility Categories
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Extended School Year  Extended School Year PPT   Michigan Standards for ESY  Guidance on Standards Coming Soon!
IEP 101 IEP 101 in English Webinar PPT   Developing Your Child’s IEP (NICHCY)
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IEP 101 in Arabic IEP 101 in Arabic Webinar PPT
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Coming Soon!
IEP 101 en español IEP 101 in Spanish Webinar PPT   Developing Your Child’s IEP- Spanish (NICHCY)
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IEP Notice of Provision of Services
and Prior Written Notice
IEP Notice Webinar PPT    MDE Initial Notice   MDE Notice of Provision of Services   MDE Reference Guide
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IEP Supports and Services, including
Accommodations and Modifications
Supports and Services Webinar PPT   Developing Your Child’s IEP  Related Services  Accommodations and Modifications   Supplementary Aids/Services
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The Importance of the Present Level of
Academic Achievement and Functional
Performance (PLAAFP) Statement
PLAAFP Webinar PPT   Model IEP Form   Developing Your Child’s IEP (NICHCY)
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Procedural Safeguards  Coming Soon! Coming Soon!
Progress Monitoring Progress Monitoring Webinar PPT   Is Your Child a Struggling Reader?
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Thinking About Goals and Objectives Goals and Objectives Webinar PPT   Model IEP Form   Developing Your Child’s IEP (NICHCY)
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Virtual Schools for Students with IEPs Virtual Schools Webinar PPT
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Problem Solving
Advocacy and Communication Advocacy and Communication Webinar PPT   Family Involvement Overview   PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships   Six Types of Parent Involvement
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Special Education Mediation in Michigan Mediation Webinar PPT
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Working Together When We Don’t Agree Working Together When We Don’t Agree Webinar PPT
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Writing Effective Complaints Effective Complaints Webinar PPT   Sample Complaint  MDE: Complaint Forms
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—Update to Complaints Webinar PPT   MDE Problem Solving Process   Dispute Resolution Q & A   Dispute Resolution Memo
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Positive Behavior Supports (PBS)
An Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports PBS Webinar PPT   PACER FBA Handout   MDE Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support Guide   Sample FBA    Sample BIP
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Behavior is Communication Behavior is Communication Webinar PPT
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Discipline/Suspension/Expulsion:
Protections for Students with IEPs
Discipline and Suspension Webinar PPT  NOTE: For current information see Compliance Standards for Special Education.
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What Parents Need to Know about
Mental Health and Education
Mental Health and Education Webinar PPT
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Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Considerations Assistive Technology Considerations Webinar PPT
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Autism
Autism 101 Autism 101 Webinar PPT
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Peer to Peer Support: The Link Program Peer to Peer Webinar PPT
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Visual Support Strategies Visual Support Strategies Webinar PPT
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Academics
Reading Basics Reading Webinar PPT   Is Your Child a Struggling Reader?
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Inclusion
Inclusion: The Importance of Including
Students with Disabilities in the General
Education Classroom
Inclusion Webinar PPT   Developing Your Child’s IEP (NICHCY)   Inclusion in the Classroom   Accessing General Education Curriculum
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Transitioning to Adulthood
Agency Support/Services Overview-
CMH, DHS, MRS
 Coming Soon! Coming Soon!
Person Centered Planning Person Centered Planning Webinar PPT
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Rethinking Guardianship: Facilitating
Life-Long Self-Determination (Part 1)
 Coming Soon! Coming Soon!
Rethinking Guardianship: Facilitating
Life-Long Self-Determination (Part 2)
 Coming Soon! Coming Soon!
Self-Determination: Building a Successful
Future for People with Disabilities
Self Determination Webinar PPT
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Transition and the Law  Transition and the Law PPT  OSEP Transition Q&A  SpitzerReznick Coming Soon!
Transition IEP Alignment with Other
Transition Planning Instruments
 Coming Soon! Coming Soon!
Transition Overview Transition Overview Webinar PPT
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Section 504
Section 504 Plans: An Overview Section 504 Webinar PPT
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