Offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Related Area). This course is included in our Superfan Subscription. It is also available for purchase a la carte.

About the Speaker

Danielle Green, Esq.

Danielle Green is an attorney who advocates for and represents children with special education needs. Danielle’s passion was ignited by her experience navigating the public school system to obtain special educations services needed for her son to be able to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. As a result of this experience, she opened her own legal advocacy special education practice, Exceptional Children Special Education Advocacy LLC in 2019 to use the knowledge gained advocating for her son and for friends and family to serve other parents of children with special needs. Her personal story, combined with her legal background, provides her a unique perspective which better enables her to support the parents - and children - she represents. She understands the struggles her clients face, and she also understands how to obtain the free appropriate public education to which every child is entitled. Her clients today include students of all ages from preschool to age 22 with challenges including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, intellectual disabilities, legal blindness, brain injuries, specific learning disabilities, including dyslexia, complex trauma, emotional disabilities, communication impairments, medical issues, and behavioral issues. Danielle began her legal career in the financial services industry, where she was able to develop and sharpen her leadership, written and verbal communication, data analysis, active listening, and negotiation skills. These skills allow her to better serve her clients. Danielle received her Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and the Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN).


Financial disclosures: Danielle is the owner of Exceptional Children Special Education Advocacy, LLC

Non-financial disclosures: Massachusetts Bar Association, Council of Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates (COPAA) and Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc. (SPAN).

Learning Objectives & Course Description

This webinar will review the laws and regulations for special education and related services for students who have disabilities. It will provide practical tools to assist the participants in understanding the importance of securing appropriate services and supports for students with disabilities. This is an introductory level course.

  1. Identify at least one of the "Purposes" stated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  2. Name the two primary Federal laws that have an effect of special education and other services for persons with disabilities.
  3. Identify at least 4 of the special education disability categories in Massachusetts.
  4. Name 3 examples of related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Time Ordered Agend

10 minutes: Introductions and disclosures

25 minutes: Discussion of the federal disability laws, purpose and definitions 

20 minutes: Discussion of state regulations and practical application in Massachusetts 

5 minutes: Closing and Questions 

Continuing Education

This course is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Related Area)