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Resources to Guide Service Delivery Under IDEA

presented by Mary Jane Rapport & Amy Barr

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Physical Therapists and other related service providers generally are unaware how to best find resources, including primary sources, that will help answer questions on policy, rules, and regulations of providing school-based services under IDEA. How can these related service providers learn searching strategies to find the information they need? This course will prepare related service providers and school administrators to effectively find and use readily available search tools and resources that can be helpful to guide and clarify the delivery of services under IDEA. Through hands-on application and examples, participants will have an opportunity to find appropriate regulations, official documents, and interpretative guidelines that can be used daily in the delivery of special education and related services or school administration.

Meet Your Instructors

  • Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

    Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Dr. Rapport is a professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado, where she is on the faculty of the Physical Therapy Program. She is the Director of the University of Colorado Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program, the PT Program Student Services Coordinator, the PT Discipline Director for the Maternal Child Health LEND program through JFK Partners, and the Co-Director of the Teaching Scholars Program in the School of Medicine. Dr. Rapport has extensive experience as an educator and a pediatric physical therapist with a productive record of presentations and publications. Much of her career has been focused on legislative action, policy interpretation for the delivery of special education, related services, and early intervention services. Dr. Rapport has been a physical therapist for over 30 years and a physical therapist educator for over 10 years. While much of her career has been in academia and focused on higher education, she has maintained clinical practice in schools as a school-based physical therapist and as an early intervention service provider. Most recently, she has been working one day a week with students with disabilities at the preschool, elementary, and high schools levels in a local school district. She has taught courses and workshops and delivered conference sessions specifically on the implementation of services under IDEA and related federal laws to thousands of pediatric physical therapists over the years.

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  • Amy Barr, PT, DPT

    Amy Barr, PT, DPT is a practicing school-based therapist and the Physical Therapy Coordinator for a large school district located in the suburban Denver area. She has 20 years of experience working with adults and children and has spent the last 14 years serving preschool through transition age students in a school setting. Dr. Barr teaches nationally on topics important to school-based therapy, including team collaboration, IEP development, and physical therapist performance appraisal. She has a passion for providing quality continuing education for school-based physical therapists and cofounded an annual education day for therapists in Colorado. Dr. Barr chaired the Physical Therapist Performance Appraisal Task Force for the School-Based Special Interest Group of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. She participated in the PT Performance Appraisal work group for the Colorado Educator Effectiveness Project and is an active member of the Colorado Department of Education Physical Therapy Advisory Committee. Dr. Barr graduated from the University of Colorado with her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1997 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2010. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Legislative and Regulatory Process

    1. Legislative and Regulatory Process

    This chapter will provide information on what type of law IDEA is (federal) and what the differences are between statutes and regulations. The chapter will also assist the participant in understanding the links between federal and state laws and regulations and how those guide local policy.

  2. Searching for Information

    2. Searching for Information

    This chapter will assist the participant in learning to use the idea.ed.gov website for searching IDEA, Part B (federal) statute and regulations. They will also learn to find and use a variety of excellent resources on this same website and then move to locating relevant state regulations and other guiding documents used for interpretation. Finally, there will be some explanation and demonstration of how all of these pieces are linked together.

  3. Internet Searching

    3. Internet Searching

    This chapter will put the strategies for searching into “production” and will guide the participant in learning where and how to start their search process in order to answer a question about service delivery for children with disabilities in schools (IDEA, 504, other). Through a process of questions and demonstration, the participants find and use resources to confidently understand what the law says and how local interpretation further defines or clarifies our actions in schools.