1. Students on the Autism Spectrum: A Comprehensive Look at the Law

Students on the Autism Spectrum: A Comprehensive Look at the Law

Students on the Autism Spectrum: A Comprehensive Look at the Law
Event ID: 18779
Session ID: 15930

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin Gilsbach, 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, student counselors, faculty, principals, nurses, student services
Best For: K-12

From addressing social skills needs to providing specially-designed instruction in core content areas, educating students with autism spectrum disorders requires a unique level of individualization and student-specific, tailored instruction. Schools must determine whether specially-designed instruction under the IDEA is necessary or whether Section 504 accommodations are sufficient. In addition, new technology trends, such as 1:1 devices in schools, cyberbullying, and online curricular options, provide a new frontier of considerations and potential areas of necessary instruction.

Please join Erin D. Gilsbach as she provides a legal analysis of some of the most significant legal issues affecting the public education of students with Autism Spectrum disorders. She identifies common pitfalls and areas of liability, and she also delineates best-practices that have been tested in the courts. In addition, she also provides a case law overview that identifies legal issues and liability trends involving students on the Autism Spectrum. This session is ideal for Section 504 administrators and case managers, special education administrators and case managers, school psychologists, and any other school personnel involved in the provision of FAPE to students on the Autism Spectrum.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Essential IEP requirements for students on the Autism Spectrum Section 504 vs. IDEA: Discerning a Need for Specially-Designed Instruction
  • Working with Parents and schools to prevent and resolve disputes
  • Understanding placement issues for children with autism
  • Technology issues
  • Bullying, cyberbullying and harassment prevention
  • Effective and legal strategies for disciplining students with autism
  • Legal rules governing changes in placement
  • Case law update


Your conference leader for “Students on the Autism Spectrum: A Comprehensive Look at the Law” 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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