The Law Office of PATRICIA S. PHELAN


“Knowledge is Power!”

I have always felt empowered by the more information I have gained about both special education law in general, as well as about my daughter’s disability – – PDD-NOS (an Autism Spectrum Disorder).  Similarly, I have always impressed upon my clients that the more time they are able to take to learn about special education law and their child’s disability, the more empowered they too will feel. 

In my experience, the more empowered we feel, the more successful advocates we can be on behalf of our children.

To this end, therefore, there are a number of upcoming events related to special education and Autism, which I wanted to let you know about.  Each provides a wonderful opportunity for further empowerment!

June 13, 2008  10am-2pm at The ELIJA House Library, 665 N. Newbridge Road, Levittown, NY:  “Introduction to Verbal Behavior and How it Applies to Teaching Learners with Autism Functional Communication Skills” Presented by Maria Visco, BS, BCaBA (Cost 40).  For more information, log onto or call Mary at 516-433-4321

June 20, 200810am-2pm at The ELIJA House Library, 665 N. Newbridge Road, Levittown, NY: “Question & Answer:  Troubleshooting Toileting Issues with Individuals with Autism” Presented by Dr. Bobby Newman, BCBA (Cost $40).  For more information, log onto or call Mary at 516-433-4321

September 25, 2008, Suffern, NY:  The Third Annual Rockland County Autism Symposium”  (Cost:  FREE).  More details to follow.

September 27, 2008:  Walk Now for Autism Greater Hudson Valley Walk.  For more information, log onto or 914-934-5138 or email

October 27, 20086 pm-8:30 pm at Pace University Law School:  “Special Education:  Transition Planning and Implementation” Presented by Barbara Ebenstein, Esq. (Cost $125 attorneys, $100 Pace Grads, $50 others).  For more information, call 914-422-4062 or email

March 5-8, 2009 in Washington, DC:  Annual Conference of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about various issues related to special education law and advocacy, and network with parents of children with special needs, as well as attorneys and advocates within the special education field. For more information log onto





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