FRIDAY January 17, 2020  

9:30 am - 10:00am Networking/Refreshments

10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Presentation

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

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Member $80 early/$100 after Monday Jan 13th

Non-Member $100 early/ $120 after Monday Jan 13th

Early registration closes on Jan 13th. Walk-in registrations are welcomed, please email for availability. 

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  • 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

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

Annual BSEA Updates  

Special Education attorney Dan Ahearn will review the 2019 BSEA case rulings from across Massachusetts. Dan's selection of cases will reflect those which he feels may represent trends in the interpretation of special education laws. After Dan’s presentation, we will break into groups to discuss particular cases. These cases will be emailed to participants in advance, and participants are asked to come prepared by reading these cases in advance. Using the information presented during the morning’s BSEA Updates, participants will be part of a sub-group, that will discuss one of the emailed cases. Each group will summarize their conclusions, and present to the larger group those conclusions. 


Networking and refreshments - 9:30 am - 10:00 am

Presentation - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

lunch is from 12:00 - 1:00 pm (please email info@spanmass.org with any food restrictions) 

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)

Meet the Speakers: 


Dan Ahearn, M.A., J.D., practices disability, special education, education, and children’s law. He has also been teaching in the Boston University School of Law First Year Writing Program for over ten years. In addition, he currently teaches a Children & Disability Law course at Suffolk University Law School; counsels law students in the Harvard Law School’s Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising; and chairs annual Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education seminars. He has written numerous articles on special education law for MCLE books and for other journals. He works in the education field at the Landmark School. He was the past Director of the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals and a Senior Attorney at the Disability Law Center in Boston.