Challenging Goals for Every Child: Tools for Connecting to the General Education Curriculum

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Speakers: Jeannine Brinkley, Lorie Brew, and Cindy Duch

This session will review the positive implications of the Endrew F. decision that both families and educators need to understand. We will identify key elements of the evaluation and IEP processes and how these elements can facilitate access to the general curriculum and high expectations for students with complex needs. Tools that can be used in developing and reviewing IEPs will be shared.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, PSYCH

Audience: Special Education Teachers, Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind, Speech therapists, General Education Teachers, Supervisors/Administrators, Parents, Guardians, Family Members

Speakers’ Bios: Jeannine Brinkley is the Executive Director of the PEAL Center, Pennsylvania's Parent Training and Information Center. She was formerly an Educational Consultant at PaTTAN Pittsburgh where she served as the state lead for inclusive practices and was a key developer of Project MAX, Pennsylvania’s State Personnel Development Grant focused on access to the general curriculum for students with complex instructional needs.
 
Lorie Brew works for The PEAL (Parents Education & Advocacy Leadership) Center as the Project MAX Coordinator for the Eastern area of the state.  Much of Lorie’s knowledge about disability related issues comes from individuals with disabilities themselves, families who support someone with a disability as well as her own personal experience of raising a child with Autism. Lorie is dedicated to the principles of Project MAX, such as presuming competence and leading change, as well as supporting a statewide parent network.  Lorie has two adult children and lives with her husband Wayne in Philadelphia.  She holds a M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology and Human Services.
 
Cindy Duch is the Director of Parent Advising for the PEAL Center. Cindy lives in Hampton Township with her husband Jim and their two sons, Andrew and Alex. Her career in advocacy began when her first son was diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum. In addition to her work at the PEAL Center, Cindy is the former chairperson for the Local Task Force (LTF) for the Rights of Education in Allegheny County, IU 3, and is currently a member. She has a B.S.B.A. in Economics from Robert Morris College.