Ms. Bertin is available to conduct workshops for parent groups, school districts and professional organizations on a wide variety of special education and disability rights topics, such as:

The Basics of Special Education

An overview of the major stages in the special education process, focused on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 (the civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability and guaranteeing equal access to education).

Myths and Milestones in Deaf Education

This talk looks at trends and controversies in deaf education; common misconceptions about deaf people, language and communication systems used in the deaf community, and Deaf culture. The workshop also covers ongoing efforts to reform special education law to adequately address the needs of deaf students.

Getting the Most Out of the IEP Process

A summary of the rights afforded to parents and children under the IDEA, with nuts-and-bolts advice on how to stay organized and prepared throughout the IEP process, resolve issues and build consensus with members of the IEP team.

Everything You Need to Know About School Discipline

IDEA provides a clear roadmap that schools must follow in disciplining students with disabilities. This talk explains IDEA’s detailed disciplinary procedures, with many practical pointers for parents.