Tuesday Evening, May 14, 2019 

6:30 to 7:00 pm - Networking/Refreshments

7:00 to 9:30 pm - Presentation

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Hampton Inn Boston/Natick 
319 Speen Street
Natick, MA 01760

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Member $40 early/$50 after May 10th

Non-Member $60 early/ $70 after May 10th

Early registration closes on May 10th. Walk-in registrations are welcomed, please email for availability.  


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Administrative Coordinator 
Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc. 
(508) 655-7999 

Same Side of the Table

At this year’s forum, BSEA Director, Reece Erlichman will moderate a panel of Hearing Officers, Advocates and SPED Administrators, to present and analyze their approachs to Hearings, through case reviews. Panelists will highlight successful strategies for staying student-focused through the framework of IDEA. Participants will share, compare and discuss ways to ensure that our different roles don’t make for different goals. 

We've discovered that having representatives from all corners in one room can be a pebble in the pond for improving communication and staying student-focused. SPaN's Annual Same Side of the Table forum is open to anyone involved in the Special Education process – Advocates, Attorneys, Administrators, Educators, Clinicians and Parents. 

Networking and refreshments - 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Presentation - 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Attend in person at the Hampton Inn, Natick

Attention current Members: please follow this link to sign up for this workshop.

Member-Event Registration 

(current member has paid an annual fee of $75 or more in the past 12 months)

Moderator and Panelist:

Reece Erlichman is the Director of the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA), within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Administrative Law Appeals. After a brief period in private practice, Ms. Erlichman began her long tenure with the BSEA, serving in a variety of capacities, including Mediator, Hearing Officer (a position she held for over twenty years), and Assistant Director. She interrupted her service at the BSEA for a period of two years (2000-2002) to serve as Senior Program Director for Special Education Litigation for the Boston Public Schools. Ms. Erlichman lectures frequently on topics in special education law and BSEA practice/procedure for both legal and lay audiences. Ms. Erlichman received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1974.
Sara Berman, Esq is a Hearing Officer with the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals. She has held this position since 2001. Prior experience includes: Staff Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services; Summer Counsel, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau; Staff Attorney, Disability Law Center, Inc.; Attorney in Private Practice; Hearing Officer, MA Labor Relations Commission. Ms Berman received her J.D. fro Boson University School of Law in 1976 and her B.A. from the

University of Wisconsin in 1972.

Lyndsay Byrne, Esq., has been a Hearing Officer at the Bureau of Special Education Appeals since 1984.  Prior to becoming a Hearing Officer, she was a Law Clerk in District of Columbia Courts and an Attoreny for Western Massachusetts Legal Services. She received her J.D. from Antioch School of Law in 1982 and her B.A. from Wellesley College in 1977. 

Elizabeth (Beth) Yancy Bostic has two children with special needs, one of whom is medically complex. Before becoming a Federation trained special education advocate and trainer, she was a Project Manager for training and consulting firm where she gained extensive knowledge and expertise in facilitating diverse teams. Over the past 15 years, she has brought these skills into her work in special education consulting and special healthcare needs advocacy. She is well respected by parents, school administrators and disability stakeholders across the state. She is the Past President Advisor of SPaN, as well as a member of the IMPACT: Ability Steering Committee, COPAA (Council for Parent Attorneys and Advocates) and P.I.C.K. (Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus). She was previously a member of the ArcMass board and the Reading Special Education Parent Advisory Council.

Susan Haberman has over 25 years experience in teaching, human services and administration. She is dual certified as a Regular and Special Educator, and has a Master’s Degree in education. Susan has worked with children and adults with multiple diagnoses, including Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum, ADHD, Mental Health Disorders, Developmental Delays, and other health impairments. Additional credentials include Wilson Reading Certification, Project Read Training, and she is qualified to administer the Woodcock Johnson III Cognitive and Achievement Batteries, as well as a variety of other formal and informal assessments. Susan received her advocacy training from the Federation of Children with Special Needs.

Timothy Luff, Asst. Superintendent of Student Services, Natick Public Schools: Tim is currently in his 7th year as Assistant Superintendent of Student Services/Special Education Director for the Natick Public Schools.  Tim is originally from Natick where he spent more than 12 years of his summer time as an active member of the Camp Arrowhead Community, a Natick summer camp for children and adults with disabilities. Tim holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Special Education and Psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine.  Tim has been a special education teacher for grades K-3, 4-8, and 9-12, and a Special Education Administrator in both Maine and Massachusetts.  Just prior to coming home to Natick, Tim was honored with the Special Education Administrator of the Year award in 2012 from the State of Maine.  Tim coined the term "complempathy" when he entered Natick, meaning to ensure are compliancy, but also practicing empathy with parents and other members of the team.  

Laurie Mason, Director Of Special Education, Brockton Public Schools: Laurie is overseeing PreK-22.  She has been an educator in the Brockton Public Schools for thirty years, working as a Special Education Teacher, Inclusion Specialist, TEAM Chair, Reading Specialist- (READ First Initiative), Special Education Department Head, Assistant Director to Special Education and currently the Director.  She prides herself on the work she has accomplished in the special education department.  Her strengths are communication, building relationships, problem solving and the ability to “think outside the box”.   She is an advocate for students and works well with parents.  She has an open door policy.