11th Annual Advanced Issues in Special Education Law

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11th Annual Advanced Issues in Special Education Law

Today’s education system is more challenging than ever and a greater number of students have special needs requiring support beyond those ordinarily received in the school setting. In order to ensure the learning rights and safety of all students and staff is not compromised, it is essential that those working in special education have a complete and current understanding of the law and how to apply it.


This 11th Annual OsgoodePD program was developed to provide you with a practical, up-to-date understanding of the most pertinent legal challenges in special education law today and give you strategies to deal with them. Topics to be covered include:


  • The latest human rights case law relating to special education and schools
  • The positive duty to address allegations of discrimination in the school
  • Strategies for dealing with violent behavior in schools: protecting students and staff
  • How does OHSA impact special needs students, their teachers and other educational workers?
  • Can a school board refuse to admit a student under the Education Act? Why and how?


PLUS! Don’t miss the Optional Full-Day Workshop: Conflict Resolution Skills for Educators on October 18th. Working with your peers and workshop leaders you will learn:


  • How to prevent and handle conflict
  • Collaborative approaches to resolving conflicts
  • The key skills of an effective negotiator
  • The rules and responsibilities with special education



  • Robert G. Keel, Keel Cottrelle LLP

Workshop Facilitators

  • D. Paul Emond, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Robert G. Keel, Keel Cottrelle LLP


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Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments.

Group Discounts

OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Myrsini Zacharakis

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Osgoode Professional Development (OsgoodePD), is a division of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University – one of Canada’s largest, oldest and most prestigious legal institutions. We fost...