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Digital Seminar

Special Education Law in Illinois: Skillfully Navigate Cutting-Edge Legal Issues for the 2023 School Year!

John B. Comegno II, Esq.
5 Hours 22 Minutes
Audio and Video
May 05, 2023
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While schools regain normalcy, the impact of COVID-19 will be felt in special education long after schools return to regular class schedules.

Are you prepared to offer the significant shifts needed in almost every aspect of education in 2023 to the post-COVID-19 learner?

In this fast-paced, informative, and entertaining training, nationally recognized education law litigator and law professor John B. Comegno II, Esq, will provide practical suggestions to help you skillfully navigate cutting-edge special education legal issues for the current school year, including how to:

  • Smartly and effectively address the negative impact of virtual and hybrid instruction to avoid or limit legal claims
  • Make-up lost learning time and enable learning progress for our most disabled students
  • Embrace what worked during COVID-19, while addressing learning loss and planning for the future

Attend and discover the answers to some of the most urgent questions for the 2023 school year, including:

  • Do you need to provide more services to “make up” for hybrid/virtual learning?
  • Why does Child Find mean more now, than ever?
  • What is “COVID-19-LD” eligibility, and how to avoid it through best practices?
  • Does “long-COVID-19” automatically require IEPs or Section 504 plans?
  • What worked well last year, and why we should embrace some change?
  • How to most effectively defend “comp ed” claims?
  • What is the most important legal issue to consider while re-opening school this year?
  • Is SEL different now, and what does that mean for the future of instruction?

A cursory knowledge of the law or applying common sense does not begin to protect school districts and professionals against the potential legal and financial consequences of misinterpreting special education regulations. Register today!


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John B. Comegno II, Esq.'s Profile

John B. Comegno II, Esq. Related seminars and products

Comegno Law Group

John B. Comegno II, Esquire, founder and president of the Comegno Law Group, PC, is recognized as a leading school law practitioner, representing public and independent schools through the Northeast region. He is a member of the bars of the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and has litigated special education disputes across the United States. He lectures to professional groups throughout the region and regularly appears as a keynote speaker for national groups across the country.

Mr. Comegno has broad experience in the area of special education and Section 504 litigation. He regularly mediates special education disputes and tries Due Process Hearings. Working closely with directors of special education, case managers and members of child study and IEP teams to quickly deal with special education issues on a day-to-day basis, Mr. Comegno has extensive experience dealing with disability-specific legal issues and is accustomed to providing quick and thorough legal assistance. He provides counsel regarding the eligibility, evaluation, and classification process. Mr. Comegno also has extensive experience in handling union negotiations, Mr. Comegno is involved in a variety of labor and employment issues including confidentiality and reporting requirements for teachers and staff and sexual harassment in the school setting, including teacher-to-teacher, teacher-to-student and student-to-student harassment.

Drawing from hundreds of seminars to thousands of educational practitioners across the country, John’s lectures are equal parts legal/practical guidance and humor, wit and entertainment. Attendees regularly follow John’s lectures on an annual basis and report that his lecture style not only well-informs but also engages entertains.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: John B. Comegno II maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Wake Forest University School of Law. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: John B. Comegno II is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Burlington County Bar Association, and the Camden County Bar Association.

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  1. Theorize how federal and state law and regulation, and best practices, changed on account of COVID-19.
  2. Analyze the policy basis for the major disability laws related to eligibility for special education and/or accommodation.
  3. Differentiate between IDEIA and Section 504 principles and policy to determine the appropriate educational setting for children with various disabilities.
  4. Investigate student mental health difficulties through current need and identify practical strategies to assist and enable learning.
  5. Utilize strategies that simultaneously address student needs while limiting the risk of due process.
  6. Implement strategies that properly address behavioral and disciplinary concerns in in-person and virtual special education settings.
  7. Analyze the IEP development process to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and reduce the risk of litigation.
  8. Investigate ethical considerations related to the delivery of special education and accommodation services.


The IDEIA Means More Rights
  • How the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act changes rights
  • Why was the IDEIA adopted?
  • The most important policy consideration under the law
  • How and why the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act are different
  • COVID-19’s impact on changing practical implementation of the IDEIA
The Eligibility Criteria Matters… A Lot
  • Who’s eligible, who’s not, and why it’s critically important to know the difference
  • Criteria best practices today
  • How and why the eligibility criteria are different between the “vehicles”
Child Find Requires the Big Eye
  • The #1 legal issue after COVID-19
  • Accurate data collection as crucial to Child Find compliance
  • How to consider “need” with changing teaching vehicles
  • But is it “SDI?” (And why nothing else matters)
IEPs Address Needs… Uniquely
  • Apply key best practices considerations to IEP drafting
  • They way COVID-19 changes IEP drafting, today
  • Crucial role of data collection to effective IEP drafting
IEP Isn’t the First Option… Or the Last
  • LRE is not a “place” is key to IDEIA compliance
  • Explore and apply the resource continuum
  • The ways COVID-19 highlighted gaps in services and school resources
  • Develop smart goals and objectives
Rules for Identification and Evaluation
  • Review evaluation and assessment options
  • The IEE is not a blank check
  • How to properly and efficiently address independent evaluation requests
O Captain, My Captain. Simple Ways to Avoid Due Process
  • Remember the Comegno Combat rules
  • Practical suggestions, including how to capitalize on district resources
  • What wins cases?
Mental Health Matters… More Than Ever
  • The anxiety epidemic
  • Is the student different? Why?
  • Objectively gauging need in the post-COVID-19
  • How to use district resources to support, enable, and avoid
Yes, Discipline is Different
  • The reality of discipline and behavioral intervention
  • MDs, FBAs, and other great, important acronyms
Ethical Considerations
  • Student records issues under FERPA and IDEIA
  • Confidentiality in virtual instruction
  • How COVID-19 changed student records
Everybody Loves a Pony
  • Service animal - What it, and is not
  • How to regulate and support students with service animal needs

Target Audience

  • General Education Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • School Psychologists
  • Licensed Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • School Nurses
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Related Service Providers
  • Other Helping Professionals that work with Children


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