Special Education Schools: Demystifying the Application Process
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As a parent you know your child best and you know when something isn't right. Wondering what to do when your child isn't meeting developmental milestones or is struggling in a school setting? It can feel overwhelming, but an action plan can help minimize stress and demystify the special education process. This panel will explain your legal and placement options and share strategies for finding the best program for your children.
Join us for this special webinar with our panel of Education Attorneys and Clinical Neuropsychologists. Parents League Special Education Advisor, Chantal Aflalo, will moderate the panel. We’ll provide guidance and information to help you launch your child on the path to success. This event will include Q&A. This panel begins our three-day Special Education School Virtual Fair running Monday through Wednesday, January 29 through January 31, 2024.
Gregory Cangiano, Skyer Law Partner
Sonia Mendez-Castro, Skyer Law Partner
Anna Ward Goodearl, Ph.D., Clinical Director, Center for Attention and Learning at Lenox Hill Hospital of Northwell Health
Gregory Cangiano is a partner at Skyer Law, and has been an attorney with the firm since 2006. He regularly participates in IEP review meetings with clients throughout New York City, Nassau, and Westchester. He has extensive litigation experience in all areas of special education law, including in appeals to the Federal District Court. Greg is passionate about empowering parents and educators in the IEP process. Greg earned his bachelor’s degree at SUNY Binghamton and graduated with honors from Touro Law School in 2006. From 2008-2012 he served as an adjunct professor at Bank Street College of Education teaching a graduate course, Communication and Collaboration: What the Law Intended. He designed this course to explore how the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) demands school districts to work cooperatively in the development and implementation of IEPs. Greg lives on Long Island with his wife, a kindred spirit who teaches special education, and his two beautiful children. In 2017 he launched the INA Fund, an organization in memory of his mother that is dedicated to supporting students with special education needs.
Sonia Mendez-Castro joined the Law Offices of Regina Skyer & Associates in 2002, representing clients at impartial hearings and appeals. Sonia's interest in special education law was a natural outgrowth of her work on civil rights issues, which began in college collaborating with NYC politicians on addressing the large influx of non-English proficient students unable to access educational services. She graduated from St. John’s University Law School in 1993 and immediately went to work at Advocates for Children, the preeminent organization advocating for and serving students from low-income backgrounds who are experiencing discrimination or struggling in school. Sonia lives in Long Island with her husband and three daughters. She remains passionate about mentoring law students and new attorneys with an interest in special education law.
Anna Ward Goodearl, Ph.D.
In addition to her private practice performing Neuropsychological assessments at Pramataris & Associates, Dr. Goodearl serves as the current clinical director of the Center for Attention and Learning at Lenox Hill Hospital of Northwell Health. Previously, she was the director of the Child and Adolescent Psychoeducational Treatment Program at the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center of Montefiore Medical (formerly Albert Einstein College of Medicine). She earned her Ph.D. in school psychology from Columbia University, a master's degree in measurement and evaluation from New York University, and completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at Vanderbilt University. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Goodearl spent four years post-baccalaureate as a research associate at the Yale Child Study Center conducting developmental evaluations for children ages 3 to 54 months of age. Dr. Goodearl is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), International Neuropsychological Society (INS), and a New York Neuropsychology Group (NYNG) board member.