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Decoding the Alphabet Soup of Special Ed: What is an IEP vs 504 vs I&RS?


Presented by Westfield PTC-Special Education Committee with Guest Speaker Hillary D. Freeman, Esq., of Freeman, Carolla, Reisman & Gran LLC

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Come join the Westfield Special Education Community for an evening of education and insightful conversation on Wednesday, February 19. There will be a general parent meeting from 7:00 to 7:30 PM followed by the main presentation and guest speaker (7:30 to 9:00 PM), at the Edison Intermediate School Library, located at 800 Rahway Ave. in Westfield, NJ. 

The Annual Review Season is rapidly upon us.  As a parent, you want to be prepared and knowledgeable about the various Special Education programs.  Do you understand the differences between an IEP program, a 504 plan, and I&RS action plan? Come join us for this unique presentation and learn more about the various approaches available to support children with special needs.  Our Guest Speaker, attorney Hillary Freeman, will explain the differences between an IEP, a 504, and an I&RS.  She will also provide a legal and collaborative perspective on how to attain effective results for your child.   

About Our Guest Speaker: Hillary D. Freeman is deeply committed to her work representing people with disabilities and their families. Ms. Freeman has experience representing clients in special education and Section 504 issues, higher education issues including accommodations on high stakes testing and graduate school admissions tests, guardianship matters, estate planning, and adult services. She was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers® Magazine for 2013 and 2014. She holds a JD degree from Widener University School of Law and practices in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Ms. Freeman is also a member of the Council of Parent and Attorney Advocates ("COPAA"); has been awarded the Community Partnership Award from the Family Resource Network and Family Support Center of New Jersey (2012); is a former VP of the Learning Disabilities Association of New Jersey; and is very active with Autism boards and memberships.

This program is free and all parents and advocates are invited to attend. Pre-registration is not required. For further information, visit our website:

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