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  • Writer's pictureAdam Dayan, Esq.

2013 COPAA Conference

For those of you who are not familiar, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) is a national organization composed of parents, parent attorneys, and parent advocates whose mission is to protect the rights of children with disabilities ( This past week I attended COPAA's annual conference which took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As always, the conference included a panoply of workshops, lectures, and brainstorming sessions. Some of the highlights included:

  • A fantastic presentation by Amy Langerman, Esq. about behavior management

  • A session with Brian Reichow, PhD., BCBA-D, about the implications of the new DSM-5, especially for individuals with autism

  • An interactive litigation strategies session headed by Jon Zimring, Esq.

  • A special education finance session with Sonja Kerr, Esq.

  • A session presented by Andy Feinstein, Esq. and Caroline Heller, Esq. about the meaning of "free appropriate public education"

  • A brainstorming session for 2013 policy considerations

The conference also covered developments in recent case law and current trends in special education.

The 2014 conference is slated for March 7-10 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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