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Due Process Hearings: Handling Ethical and Legal Responsibilities (PD102566)

Presenter(s): Lissa Power-deFur, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL
Course Description

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Due process hearings are legal procedures established in special education to provide for resolution when the parents and school personnel disagree. This session reviews ethical principles associated with due process and the legal responsibilities associated with being a witness in a due process hearing. The speaker shares strategies for preventing and resolving disputes and representing ourselves, our students, and our profession equitably when called into a hearing.

This course is a recorded session from the 2022 ASHA Schools Connect online conference.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • List the ethical issues associated with special education dispute resolution
  • Analyze illustrative special education data and reports, and explain the potential impact of the documents on resolving disagreements in a due process hearing
  • Generate questions you would discuss with the special education administrator and school board attorney if called into a due process hearing

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Ethics Professional Development Requirement

This course counts toward the ASHA certification maintenance professional development requirement for Ethics. See more courses that count toward this requirement or read more about professional development requirements for certification maintenance.

Presenter Information

Lissa Power-deFur, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, is Interim Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at Longwood University. She was instrumental in starting the graduate program in speech-language pathology in 2006 and has served as the Program Director and Department Chair. Previously, she worked at the Virginia Department of Education, where she served as a Director in the Office of Special Education and Student Services. Among her responsibilities at VDOE was the revision of the Virginia special education regulations. Lissa has served as an active volunteer throughout her career, with volunteer leadership in ASHA and the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia. Her work includes services as ASHA's Vice President of Ethics and Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology (2014-16), ASHA State Education Advocacy Leader (SEAL), and various other committees and boards. She regularly writes and presents in the areas of ethics, special education, and educational standards. She received the ASHA Leader Outstanding Recognition for her article on special education eligibility in 2012 and has received teaching and leadership awards at Longwood University.

Financial Disclosures:
  • Co-author of a book by ASHA Press, Speech-Language Pathologists as Expert Witnesses, which includes a discussion of due process hearings, and received commission to write this book

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by September 6, 2027.

Program History and CE Information

Online conference dates: July 13–25, 2022
Content origination date: July 13, 2022
End date: September 6, 2027

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102566
Available Through: September 06, 2027