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Contacting & Managing Special Needs Individuals Symposium



Officers and others frequently contact special needs individuals. Some are disabled as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act or other statutes. Often called the most important civil rights legislation passed since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADA requires governmental agencies to conduct specific training or they will be in violation of federal law. Administrators, officers, and others are often unaware how Title II of the ADA impacts them, governmental entities, and employees who interact with special needs individuals. This pioneering symposium is designed to help municipalities and individuals minimize their liability, and presents the latest legal, scientific, and psychological research. Evidence-based best practices and solutions are provided so you can return to your agency and begin resolving liability issues through training, policy, etc.

Topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Americans With Disabilities Act and the Rights of the Disabled
  • ADA Amendments Act of 2008
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • EEOC
  • US Department of Justice Consent Decrees
  • Companion Claims: Civil Rights Act and the ADA
  • Legal Updates: ADA, Transporting Special Needs Individuals, Reasonable Accommodations, and more
  • The Role of the Agency ADA Coordinator, and why it’s Needed
  • Types of Disabilities and Impairments
  • Proper and Improper Questions when talking to Special Needs Individuals
  • Dyslexia
  • Autism
  • Visually Impaired
  • Speech Impaired
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) under the DSM-V
  • Epilepsy
  • Intellectually and/or Emotionally Challenged
  • Para- and Quadriplegic Individuals
  • Wheelchair Users
  • Best Practices: Contacting, Controlling, Restraining, and Transporting Special Needs Individuals
  • Reasonable Accommodations/Modifications for managing Special Needs Individuals
  • Reasonable Accommodations, their Costs, and Payment Responsibility
  • Investigating Arrest-Related and In-Custody Deaths of Special Needs
  • Individuals
  • Preparing for that Once-in-a-Career Lawsuit
  • Plus more
*Counts as 1 program credit toward the IPICD Certified Special Needs Diplomate™ designation.

Presenters and Topics

Presenter Topic
John Asher
Hollywood Film Producer
“PO”: A Realistic Film about Autism Behaviors and their Management
David Berman, M.S.
Vice President, IPICD
Managing Individuals with Medical Appliances and/or Prosthetics
John Billings
Braille Institute
Vision Impairment: Identification and Managing Best Practices
Michael Brave, J.D.
LAAW International
Preparing for that Once-in-a-Lifetime Force Event
Joan Mele-McCarthy, Ph.D.
The Dyslexia Foundation
It’s More than Mixing Letters: Best Practices after Contacting Dyslexic Individuals
Officer Michael Coleman
NV Peace Officer
Contacting Special Needs Individuals: Best Practices & Evidence-Based Solutions
Lt. John Domingo
CA Peace Officer
Use-of-Force and Special Needs Individuals: The Need for Paradigm Changes
Ms. Mary Laughlin
Epilepsy Foundation
Contacting and Managing Epileptic Individuals: Best Practices
Corporal Brian Lueddeke
Idaho Police Officer & Trainer
Schizophrenia and Evidence-Based Solutions
John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D., CTC, CLS Visible and Invisible Disabilities; Restraint Accommodations and Special Needs Individuals; Investigating Arrest-related and In-custody Deaths involving Special Needs Individuals.
Dr. Joseph Scarcella, Ph.D.
Professor, Cal State University, San Bernardino
The Importance of Special Needs Training; Best Practices: How Lesson Plans and Competency-Based Testing Minimize Liability
Gary M. Vilke, M.D.,FACEP, FAAEM Beware of the medically fragile subject
Officer Seth Coleman
NV Peace Officer
Why Your Agency needs an ADA Coordinator: Roles & Importance
Ken Wallentine, J.D.
Utah Attorney General's Office
Understanding the Americans With Disabilities Act and related Statutes
Julie Washington, Ph.D.
Georgia State University
Dyslexia Research Update and how it applies to law enforcement.
Captain Charles Wilhite, J.D., Ph.D.
Director, CEER; Riverside (CA) Sheriff’s Department (ret).
DSM-V and its Impact on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Policy, Training, and the Importance of Documentation
TBA Avoiding Department of Justice Consent Decrees and Special Needs Individuals
Presenters and/or topics are subject to change.

Room Rates

$52 per night. This rate does not include resort fee ($15.99 per day), taxes, and other applicable fees. Room reservation code is A7IPC03. Room rate cut-off date set by The Orleans is February 3, 2017. Reservations may be made online at or by calling toll-free: 800.675.3267. (Children age fourteen and under, in the same room with parents in existing bedding, are free.)

Tuition and Payments

Because this information is critical to law enforcement officers and others, the Institute’s Board of Directors approved discounted tuition of $595 per person, if registration and payment are received on or before January 31, 2017. After January 31, 2017, tuition is $795 per person. Tuition includes symposium handbook, presentations, lunch (2 days), and certificate. CLE credits have been requested.

Cancellation policy: Tuition is subject to a $250 cancellation fee, if cancellation is made after February 17, 2017. There is no penalty for attendant substitutions.

Payments: The IPICD accepts credit cards, checks, warrants and PO's.