2018 Spring Conference

WAPED Spring Conference

April 18-20th, 2018

Location: Enzian Inn, Leavenworth, WA

Hotel Information

Book your hotel for WAPED now. Rooms are blocked until March 17th. After this date the Enzian will honor the conference rate if they still have space available. Enzian Inn web site. The booking code for the website is 10001 . If you call, tell them you are booking for the WAPED Conference or mention booking code 10001 . The Enzian reservations number is 1-800-223-8511. The single room rate with tax is $122.54, double room rate is $133.68.


Registration – Early member* rate: $125.00 on or before March 9th (*Individuals must be current on their membership to receive this rate*)
Non-members and late registration (after Marth 9th): $160
Click here to register for WAPED Spring 2018 Conference

Conference Information

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Conference Agenda

Schedule to be announced

Speaker: Elisa Laird-Metke, JD
Speaker’s bio

Speaker’s Topic:
Many disability offices struggle with the topic of documentation: both the disability documentation requested of students and the documentation of staff members’ process and decision-making. There is certainly not just one correct approach to either, but failing to have any established procedures within the office fails to serve students well and can lead to legal trouble. So how does a school determine for itself what its processes will be? And what are the possible consequences for schools that have poor or no procedures established?

This interactive presentation will address how disability offices can provide the best service to students while ensuring that the school is applying meaningful, uniform standards and protecting itself from possible litigation. Topics will include:

  • The spectrum of approaches to the stringency required of student disability documentation, and how to determine which is best for your school
  • A flowchart for assessing an incoming student’s disability documentation to determine if a student’s condition rises to the ADA’s definition of “disability”
  • A template for determining appropriate accommodations based on identified functional limitations
  • Various ways schools can create a meaningful record of internal decision-making
  • Small group time to discuss and apply these approaches to real world scenarios

Emphasis will be placed on how each of these provides better access and transparency for students while satisfying the compliance expectations of the school’s administration. Throughout, illustrative OCR and court cases will be provided. The presentation will allow for plenty of time for Q&A and discussion.