Tuesday, October 22, 2019 

6:30 - 6:45 pm: Networking/Refreshments

6:45 - 7:15 pm: SPaN's Annual meeting

7:15 - 7:30 pm: Networking/Refreshments

7:30 pm - 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 Oct 18th

Non-Member $60 early/ $70 after Oct 18th

Early registration closes on Oct 18th. Walk-in registrations are welcomed, please email for availability.  


Refund policy

  • No cash refunds will be offered for pre-registration if a workshop is held
  • If a pre-registrant provides a written request at least four (4) business days prior to the scheduled workshop; the registration fee can be applied to an upcoming workshop in the same programming year 
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Ned deBary,  

Administrative and Event Coordinator

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

Advice for Advocates-Working Collaboratively

When an Attorney is Involved

Advocates must know how to build the strongest possible case for what a student needs. They must know how to exercise a student’s rights to ensure that the IEP and Placement are appropriate to meet those needs. Ideally, this happens through a transparent and collaborative team process. However, when the limits of advocacy are reached without resolution, sometimes it’s time for an attorney to step in. Join us for a presentation by Attorney Melanie Jarboe of Kotin, Crabtree and Strong, to learn how to navigate cases both before and during an attorney’s involvement, and helpful tips. Questions that will be answered in the presentation include:

  • What should an advocate do during the team process to build a case towards resolution and/or timely and effective attorney involvement?
  • What are some avoidable errors that could handicap a case and how might an advocate mitigate them?
  • How might a collaborative process through advocacy continue even after an attorney is involved?
  • How should an advocate address confidentiality and communication issues so as not to compromise a case?

Join us for answers to these questions and more on October 22. Atty. Jarboe will discuss at least two case studies to illustrate the collaborative process between advocate and attorney. 

Meet the SpeakerMelanie R. Jarboe, Esq. 

Networking and refreshments - 7:15 - 7:30 pm 
Presentation - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us just prior to this presentation for SPaN's Annual Meeting 6:45 pm to 7:15 pm - separate webinar available for members to attend the annual meeting, please email info@spanmass.org for details or register with your member login.  

Attend in person at the Hampton Inn, Natick 

 or via webinar

Early Registration Ends Friday October 18th 

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)

Melanie Jarboe represents families who have children with special needs as well as individual clients with disabilities. She counsels and assists families with a wide range of special education issues, including eligibility, navigating the team process, participating in mediation, and litigating disputes before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals. Ms. Jarboe also works with individuals and their families to secure and modify services from state agencies such as the Department of Developmental Services and to navigate disability-related issues in higher education settings. Prior to law school, Ms. Jarboe taught elementary school in Harlem.