1. Social Media and Students with Special Needs

Social Media and Students with Special Needs

Social Media and Students with Special Needs
Event ID: 18605
Session ID: 15924

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., attorney at law, Steckel and Stopp
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, attorneys representing schools, special education, student counselors, faculty, principals, nurses, student services
Best For: K-12

With personal device technology advancing at a dizzying pace, student use of social media is increasing rapidly. Issues such as cyberbullying, online safety, data privacy, and digital decorum can be challenging to all students, but students with special needs may need additional help navigating the fast-paced and often-intense world of social media.

Please join Erin Gilsbach as she discusses student needs and school legal obligations related to student use of social media by students with disabilities. She addresses instances where FAPE under the IDEA and/or Section 504 may require schools to provide additional services and accommodations for students with special needs to help them deal with issues such as cyberbullying, the impact that social media can have on students with social skills deficits, online safety, and student data privacy.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Understand student use of social media
  • Recognize FAPE obligations under the IDEA for students with disabilities
  • Understand FAPE as it relates to social media
  • Identify when and how general technology curriculum needs to be adapted for students with special needs
  • Recognize when an FBA and BIP may be appropriate with regards to student online activities
  • Identify which disabilities may make students particularly susceptible to social media issues
  • Identify and understanding FAPE and social media obligations related to:
    • Social Skills Issues
    • Mental Health Issues
    • Cyberbullying
    • Data Privacy and Cyber Safety


Your conference leader for “Social Media and Students with Special Needs” is Erin Gilsbach. Ms. Gilsbach is a practicing school law attorney with the PA-based law firm of Steckel and Stopp. She is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels on matters regarding school law and a frequent author on education law topics. She currently serves as the president of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Solicitor’s Association and is a member of the board of directors of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA). Ms. Gilsbach provides a wide variety of training programs, as well as legal consulting services, to school districts, charter schools, non-public schools, and education-related organizations. She specializes in school policy and procedure legal defensibility audits as well as professional development in areas of special education, school technology, nursing and school health services, truancy prevention, child abuse prevention and mandated reporting, educator evaluation and discipline, and many other trending school law topics. Prior to attending law school, she taught high school English. Prior to entering private practice, she served for over two years at the PA Dept. of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel. Ms. Gilsbach was voted by her peers as a SuperLawyers “Rising Star Attorney” for 5 consecutive years and is an active member of and frequent presenter and author for NSBA, COSA, the national Education Law Association (ELA), PSBA, the LRP Institute, the National Business Institute (NBI), the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), and a number of other legal and educational organizations. She is currently writing a book for LRP publications on school health services that is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2019.

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