Free Workshops on Special Education

Evenings – Second Monday of the Month
Daytime – Fourth Tuesday of the Month

“Understanding the Special Education Process: IEP Basics & Beyond”

DREDF Education Advocates provide an overview of the special education process, Section 504 and IDEA laws.

Registration required:

Where: Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703 (campus is at Ashby BART station)
The Bernard Osher Foundation Education Center, First Floor
Date: 2nd Monday of the month (except August)
Time: 6:00 to 8:30pm (Pizza and drinks included!)

Please contact us at 510-644-2555 if you have questions about our trainings.

See our list of trainings for 2017-18 (PDF) →

Special Education Topic Series

Join us at one or all of our 2018 topical special education trainings. While it helps to have attended one of our Special Education Basics and Beyond trainings, it’s not required. All of these trainings are free.

Registration is required for these trainings. Please use the links below:

Transition to Adulthood February 12, 2018
Learn how to develop a transition plan as part of the IEP process for youth.

How to Read the IEP April 9, 2018
Learn how to read and understand an Individual Education Program (IEP). We will go over the sections on California’s IEP Form so you know what to make sure is complete and where to focus.

Behavior & Mental Health June 11, 2018
When behavior interferes with learning: connecting the dots between disability and mental health needs at school


Understanding the Special Education Process (presented the second Monday of each month, except August and December
Special Education: Basics + Beyond Power Point (PPT)

Education for Students with Disabilities: The Basics (Presented on 9.24.2011) (PPT)

Effectively Engaging Foster Youth with Disabilities in Transition Planning (Presented on 5.13.2011) (PPT)

Understanding the Special Education Process (Presented on 3.9.09 and 3.14.09) (PPT)
An in-depth tour of thespecial education process, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, with emphasis on the rights of children with disabilities, and how parents can assert those rights.

School Issues and Special Education Advocacy (Presented on 3.22.2011) (PPT)

Behavior Support for Students with Disabilities (Presented on 3.21.2011) (PPT)

Webinar: Connecting Foster Youth with Disabilities to Centers for Independent Living (Presented on August 16, 2010) (PPT)

Transition to Adulthood
Training delivered to YOLO CAC May 2010, and is focused on developing IDEA compliant transition plans as part of the IEP process, providing tips and advocacy strategies to families and caregivers regarding how to use this process effectively, and focuses on ways to shift the focus of the IEP from the parent and school goals to a person centered approach.

Webinar: Navigating the Systems to Support Foster Children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities and Improve Education Outcomes (Presented on 5.29.2010.) (PPT)

Navigating the Systems to Support Young Foster Children with Developmental Delays and Disabilities and Improve Education Outcomes (Presented to the SEED Program on 7.14.2010.) (PPT)

Advocating for Foster Youth with Disabilities in Our Work
(Presentation to Region 6 Parent Training and Information Centers and CPRCs on May 6 th, 2010)

This training focuses on the laws and advocacy strategies to ensure appropriate educational support for children with or suspected of having disabilities. Contains brief overviews of relevant laws, statistics related to education outcomes, and key issues for advocates and other professionals working with this population of vulnerable children. Supporting materials provide information about laws, how child welfare works, who key point people are, best practices, and key policy issues.

The ADA, IDEA, and Section 504 in Education: Understanding the Laws, Advocacy Strategies, and Current Issues for our Children with Disabilities (Presented on 3.3.10) (PPT)
A training designed to give an overview of the rights and protections for children under the ADA, IDEA and Section 504 laws, update participants on the latest developments under these laws, and discuss how to work collaboratively and effectively with school districts under IDEA and Section 504 laws.

Education: It’s Not Just a Degree (Presented on 5.10.2011) (PPT)

Navigating Rough Waters: Supporting Students with Disabilities in Transition (PPT)
For parents of children with disabilities who are 14-21 working on a Transition IEP. Learn about postsecondary options, jobs, community living, home living, and recreation and leisure. Transition aged students (16+) are also invited!

Advocacy Skills (Presented on 2.2.09)
Good advocacy skills help parents obtain the supports their children need. Learn skills to ensure that IEP members truly hear your perspective, take you seriously, and know that you understand the IEP process and your rights.

Advocacy Tips for Parents: Negotiating the Special Education Process (Presentation rev 2.09)

Advocacy Skill Handouts: