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FAN to offer workshop on Special Education Law

The Family Advocacy Network (FAN), a program of Mental Health America of the Triangle, will offer a workshop entitled Special Education Law, on Saturday, January 12, 2013. A donation of $10 is suggested and registration is required.

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PRLog (Press Release) - Dec. 22, 2012 - Chapel Hill, N.C. – Parents of children with mental health issues, including children with ADHD, mental illness, and behavioral issues face unique challenges that may require supports within the educational (school) system.  The parameters associated with these supports are specific and complex. To make it easier to understand how a child with special needs can be best served by the schools, the Family Advocacy Network (FAN), a program of Mental Health America of the Triangle, will offer a workshop entitled Special Education Law, on Saturday, January 12, 2013. A donation of $10 is suggested and registration is required.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, January 9. The workshop will be held at the Freedom House Recovery Center Cafeteria at 102 New Stateside Drive in Chapel Hill from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m on January 12. Jane Wettach of the Duke University Children’s Law Clinic will facilitate. To register, visit mhatriangle.org or contact Georgia Gamcsik by email at georgia@mhatriangle.org or by phone at 919-942-8083, ext. 2.

This workshop is designed for the parents of children who have or need an Individual Education Program (IEP). Participants will learn the basic principles of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal law providing that children with disabilities are entitled to appropriate special education services. Participants will also learn strategies for approaching disagreements and resolving conflicts with teachers and schools, the language of special education law, and the acronyms and definitions necessary to help parents navigate the IEP system. The workshop is oriented toward parents and caregivers, but therapists, social workers, and educators working with special needs students would also benefit by attending.

Funding for the workshop is provided in part by Orange, Person, Chatham Area Program System of Care, the NC Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Orange County and the Town of Chapel Hill.

About Mental Health America of the Triangle

Mental Health America of the Triangle (MHAT) provides free services, education and support, and collaborates with other community organizations throughout the region to help those with mental health and substance abuse conditions. Established in 1966 as The Mental Health Association in Orange County, the organization affiliated with Mental Health America in 2010. MHAT is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization located at 3729 Murphy School Road in Durham, N.C., and is supported by private and corporate donations and grants. For additional information, please call 919-942-8083, email info@mhatriangle.org, or visit mhatriangle.org.

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For additional information:

Georgia Gamcsik, Staff Family Advocate

Mental Health America of the Triangle

3729 Murphy School Rd.

Durham, NC 27705

georgia@mhatriangle.org

919-942-8083, ext. 2

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