Educate. Advocate. Annual Back to School Conference and Resource Fair 2018

Regional Center Services Presentation Self Determination and going from no to YES in accessing  regional center services

Shannon K. Meehan is a
Community Program Specialist II with the San Bernardino Regional Office of the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities.  Shannon has worked in the field of social services serving individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities for over 25 years.  Shannon worked at the Inland Regional Center for 13 years as a Consumer Services Coordinator before going to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities to assist individuals with I/DD and their families understanding their rights to services, responsibility to advocate, and how to best navigate the social services system. Prior to this she worked 8 years for the Human Services Department in the City of Chino coordinating afterschool recreational services for IRC teens with I/DD.

Self Determination
Shannon Meehan Self Determination.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [3.9 MB]
Regional Center Services
Shannon Meehan Regional Center Services.[...]
Microsoft Power Point presentation [457.0 KB]

Going from no to YES in accessing school district services

Cara Lucier, Esq, is an attorney specializing in Education Law and Civil Rights.  With a team of attorneys and paralegal/advocates, she provides legal representation and advocacy to families throughout California.  Previously, Cara represented school districts throughout California in the areas of Special Education Law, Charter Schools, and Litigation.  She represented school districts at IEP team meetings, mediations, due process hearings, and in Federal and State courts.  When Cara’s son was diagnosed with Autism, Cara switched to assisting families with special needs. Cara is on the faculty at the University of San Diego, where she has taught Special Education Advocacy, Fundamental Legal Studies, Introduction to Law, and the Practice of Law.  Cara Lucier and her dedicated team of attorneys and advocates are passionate about helping each child.

Special Education Services
Cara Lucier Special Education.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [803.3 KB]

Going from no to YES in accessing education, services and supports after SB 277

Elizabeth Eubanks has spent the last decade advocating for people with disabilities at the administrative, state, and federal level.

Elizabeth received her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. After graduation, Elizabeth worked in private practice, advocating for parents of children with disabilities in regional center, school district, and health insurance matters. From 2012 to 2018 she was the Inland Empire Regional Director at Disability Rights Legal Center. As Regional Director, Elizabeth was responsible for special education advocacy and civil rights litigation within San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, specializing in disability discrimination cases. She also managed the Disability Rights Law Clinic at the University of La Verne College of Law. Elizabeth is an adjunct professor at the University of La Verne College of Law, teaching coursework in special education and disability rights law and is now a partner at REZ Law Group.

SB 277 and students on an IEP
Elizabeth Eubanks SB 277 and special edu[...]
Microsoft Power Point presentation [1.4 MB]

Going from no to YES in accessing and recovering IHSS services including EVV electronic visit verification and recent DA investigator issues in Orange County

Linda and Brent Higgins

both have BA degrees from Chapman University and Linda also has an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University.   They entered the world of special needs thanks to their beautiful daughter, Megan Hope (8/11/1998 to 12/27/2013).  Megan had physical and mental limitations, including Down syndrome, autism, a heart condition, asthma, and a feeding tube.    She could not perform any personal care independently, yet she was denied any IHSS services three times.  They also had to fight to get appropriate school services, eventually getting her into a Non-Public School with a one-to-one aide.  They’ve adopted three more children with special needs, and all the work they’ve done for their kids, often fighting with the help of attorneys, has taught them to effectively advocate with School Districts and IHSS.  Hope Consulting and Advocacy is named for Megan Hope.
IHSS Services
Brent and Linda Higgins IHSS.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [9.7 MB]

Going from no to YES in accessing medical insurance including ABA, therapies, evaluations for those without an autism diagnosis

Steven Camp M.A., BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 14 years of experience in the field of Autism and related Developmental Disorders. He serves as the Chief Clinical Director and Founder of Collaborative Autism Management Programs, an ABA treatment agency. Steven is also the Expert Autism and Specialty Kids Intervention Consultant at Inland Empire Health Plan. He graduated from Chapman University, with a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Steven has a substantial amount of experience and a diverse professional career expanding across many sectors, which includes Education, Regional Center, and Healthcare.

Medical Insurance
Steven Camp Medical Insurance.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [672.1 KB]
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