Best Practice:
Align Yours with Legal Education Policies

AOTA Course Number: DLAOTA111 AOTA Course Credits: .3 CEUs (3 hours)

School-based practitioners often benefit from a review regarding federal and state regulatory education policies and framework models on Special Education. Through presentation and self-reflection, participants will learn about ESSA, IDEA, Section 504, and ICF’s influence and impact on our roles, responsibilities, services, and best practices when working with students, families, and on teams.

Instructor Information

Shellie Bader

Shellie Bader, M.A., CCC-SLP, is an SLP Director for EBS Healthcare. She manages facility relationships and clinical services to assure the highest quality therapy and treatment for children in schools and the community. She has expertise and proven success in supervision and training, as well as building cohesive, goal-oriented teams and in implementing outcomes-based, innovative services. Prior to joining EBS, Ms. Bader directed and managed school and related services operations for programs in Los Angeles and nationwide, developing successful partnerships between the public and private sector, improving service and student success.

Financial Disclosure: Other than being a paid consultant of the Stepping Stones Group, Shellie has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Shellie has no other non-financial information to disclose.

Julie Kornbluth

Julie B. Kornbluth, MA, OTR/L is an OT Director for EBS Healthcare. Her responsibilities include mentoring and supporting therapists in school districts and Early Intervention programs throughout the United States mainland and Hawaii. She is also responsible for recruitment, training, and program development. She is actively involved in EBS United, leading therapy groups internationally, and has volunteered and worked in multiple countries independently. She has presented at local, state and national conferences on school-based and cultural competency topics.

Financial Disclosure: Julie has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Julie has no other non-financial information to disclose.

Learner Objectives

At the end of this course, users will be able to:

  1. Describe education policies and framework models on Special Education (i.e. ESSA, IDEA, Section 504, ICF).
  2. Explain how current policies and framework models may influence and impact your practice when working with students, families and teams.
  3. Identify at least three new resources available on educational policy websites.
  4. Develop an action plan to begin or improve the alignment of your current practice with legal policies.


  • 8 minutes: Intro to federal and state education policies
  • 55 minutes: Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), including MTSS, RtI, PBIS, & UDLs
  • 35 minutes: Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA)
  • 20 minutes: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accommodations & modifications and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • 35 minutes: Part C, D, & World Health Organization (WHO): International Classification Model (ICF)
  • 12 minutes:  Leaders of Change & Develop Your Action Plan
  • 10 minutes: Post-Test