Ep 52: Advocating for your student’s needs at school with civil rights attorneys Vickie Brett & Amanda Selogie
Money Career & Motherhood Podcast
School can be a challenge for kids who learn differently, have special needs, or have behavioral issues. My guests, Vickie Brett and Amanda Selogie, attorneys who specialize in specific civil rights issues on behalf of children living with special needs, discuss the challenges families can face in advocating for their children within the school system and the importance of creating an individualized plan for a student’s education plan. We also discuss mental health at school, including how anxiety or depression can present in the school setting, how it affects learning, and the importance of developing a solution to the root cause of an issue a student is facing rather than the behavioral symptom. About the Guest: Amanda Selogie & Vickie Brett are co-founders of Selogie & Brett LLP, a boutique civil rights litigation firm specializing in specific civil rights issues on behalf of children living with special needs, as well as co-founders of the Inclusive Education Project, a legal advocacy 501(c)3 non-profit, focused on educating families on their legal rights to their child’s education and providing pro-bono legal aide to low income families in California. They are also hosts of the Inclusive Education Project Podcast, where Amanda and Vickie offer a fresh, smart perspective on what it takes to truly make our educational systems and communities inclusive. And as if that weren’t enough, they are both mothers navigating the world of work and life like the rest of us. Amanda Selogie received a degree in Child and Adolescent Development, specializing in Education from California State University, Northridge and a Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School. While at WLS, Amanda was a Fellow in the prestigious Center for Children's Rights Fellowship Program, served in the school's pro-bono Special Education Legal Clinic, and as Research Editor of the Journal of Child and Family Advocacy. Amanda immersed herself in the world of civil rights and educational advocacy as a supervising attorney for UCI Law School's Education Rights Pro-bono project, and being appointed to the Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council where she is currently serving on their Inclusion Collaborative Committee and outside of work, where she serves as a coach to an AYSO VIP (Very Important Player) program where she not only coaches players living with disabilities but has established an inclusive program with typical peers and mainstream teams. Vickie Brett was born and raised in Southern California. Vickie attended UC Riverside and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy before becoming a very active Whittier Law School student and alumnus. Because Vickie is bilingual, she represents and empowers many monolingual Spanish-speaking families living in Southern California. Moreover, she is a dedicated pro bono attorney for Public Law Center, the Alliance for Children’s Rights, and the Superior Court of Los Angeles’s Juvenile and Dependency 317(e) Panel. Most recently Vickie became a supervisor for the UCI Law School’s Pro Bono Special Education Law Project. Learn more about Amanda and Vickie’s work at: Website: www.inclusiveeducationproject.org Instagram: @inclusiveeducationproject Facebook: @iepcalifornia About the Host Janice Scholl helps moms navigate the money and career transitions that come with the different stages of motherhood through her work as coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, and host of The Money, Career & Motherhood Podcast. Janice is passionate about helping mothers gain confidence and understanding about money, career & business topics as they relate to motherhood and family – the way many women actually think about money. Her key areas of focus to help mothers succeed are navigating maternity leave, career breaks & transitions, and values-based budgeting. Sign up for a FREE 30-minute strategy session with Janice here. Visit the Money, Career, & Motherhood website, Facebook page, Facebook group, or on Instagram. Thanks for listening! Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page. Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below! Subscribe to the podcast If you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also subscribe from the podcast app on your mobile device. Leave us an iTunes review Ratings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on iTunes, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. If you have a minute, please leave an honest review on iTunes.
94. IEPs during Covid-19, ft. IEP Lawyers Amanda Selogie & Vickie Brett
The Lucky Few
“There’s no way to make virtual learning fair for everyone…” Micha said it best but we’re all thinking it right?! Getting your child’s IEP needs met during virtual learning seems nearly impossible. And no one understands the legal battle behind a student’s disability rights quite like Vickie Brett and Amanda Selogie, two special education lawyers who created one of our favorite nonprofits: The Inclusive Education Project. Let’s face it, there’s only so much learning that can be done through a screen and it’s all too easy for kiddos to regress. And with every school district handling IEP needs so differently, how do we begin to address this huge gap in services? We’re so grateful to have Vickie and Amanda on for an important conversation about IEP anxiety, disability education rights, virtual learning success stories (yes, they do exist!) and when to have your kiddo’s next distance learning IEP (the sooner, the better). Cheering you on, friends! ___ Learn more about the Inclusive Education Project! Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Podcast For extra educational support, learn more about Mrs. Terry Brown’s So Happy To Learn program. Episode Partner: JONAS PAUL EYEWEAR Jonas Paul Eyewear makes stylish glasses for kids and teens! We’re sure you’ll love them just as much as our families do! The frames even perfectly fit our kiddos with Down Syndrome thanks to their unique adjustable tips. Head on over to jonaspauleyewear.com and use code THELUCKYFEW15 for 15% off your order! Episode Partner: ABLENOW ACCOUNTS ABLEnow accounts help eligible individuals and their families save and invest, without endangering certain disability benefits that are critical for health and independence. Do you know anyone who’s eligible for an ABLE account? Enter to win $500 toward an ABLEnow account at able-now.com/win. See website for details and official rules. #ABLEnow #ABLEtoSave LET’S CHAT Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email email@example.com for more information! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Discussions around the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for students with disabilities are almost always tricky. For this episode, we attempt to make LRE a little more understandable. We interview Amy Langerman, special education advocate and attorney in California and Arizona. We discuss the difficulty of some parents seeking the Least Restrictive Environment for their child and how services are delivered in both states. Next, we have Amanda Selogie and Vickie Brett from the Inclusive Education Project (which is a fantastic podcast if you don’t already know about them). We also discuss LRE and strategies that you can take to help advocate for inclusive education wherever you are on your inclusion journey. This episode's transcript can be found here. Visit Think Inclusive for more information about inclusive education. Have questions or comments? Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Credits This podcast is a production of MCIE. Become a patron of the Think Inclusive Podcast!
Inclusive Education Project. Legal help from Vickie Brett and Amanda Selogie.
Good Things in Life podcast
It blows my mind is that after decades of legal actions supporting children's legal rights to access quality, inclusive and individualized education, that there would still be a need and enough of a need to support a legal practice. But there you have it. Amanda and Vickie talk about their inclusive education, civil rights legal practice.
39. Back to School w/IEP Experts Vickie Brett & Amanda Selogie
The Lucky Few
It’s official friends, we are back to school.. and we are taking you all with us! First things first, let’s talk IEPs with the founders of The Inclusive Education Project: Amanda Selogie and Vickie Brett. These two bright and beautiful lawyers use their extensive knowledge of education law and their passion for people with different abilities to educate families on special education rights and connect them with pro bono legal aid. And fortunately for us, they’re sharing their top IEP tips and strategies today! They encourage all of you parents to follow up (in writing) about post-IEP-meeting tasks, provide clear expectations, and create (reasonable) deadlines for everyone on your child’s team. And remember, if something in the classroom is happening differently for your child than all the other students, it needs to be on the IEP. There is truly no better way to kick off our September Back to School series than with Amanda, Vickie, and their nonprofit - The Inclusive Education Project. And friends, you can keep the IEP conversation going.. find all the special education information you need and more on Amanda and Vickie’s podcast! Good luck with all of your back-to-school adventures! We are cheering you on, friends! ___ SHOW LINKS Connect with Inclusive Education Project Website IEP Podcast Instagram Twitter Facebook Page Facebook Community Group Fundraiser Event LET’S CHAT Email email@example.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information! CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOK Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is NOW available on Amazon. Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
WYC 149 – Athletes with special needs – Amanda Selogie & Vickie Brett talk leveling the playing field
The Winning Youth Coaching Podcast: Youth Sports | Coaching | Parenting | Family Resources
Amanda and Vickie practice Special Education law in Southern California. They also run a non-profit called Inclusive Education Project where they aim to level the playing field in academic settings for students living with disabilities. They co-host their own weekly podcast by the same name - the Inclusive Education Project Podcast and they feature conversations on how parents and teachers can best ensure an inclusive school environment.Website: http:www.iepcalifornia.orgPodcast: Inclusive Education Project Podcast: www.iepcalifornia.org/blogFacebook: /IEPcaliforniaTwitter: @IEPcaliforniaListen Now:Listen on iTunes: iTunes linkListen on Stitcher: Stitcher linkListen on Google Play Music: Google Play link--A different approach Kids learn differently - kids with special needs might need things slowed down, show visually, or some other approach Utilize the parents - they have lots of techniques that work well with their child Peer role models and buddy systems work great, and benefit not only the kid with special needs but equally (if not more) it benefits the peer role model Positive reinforcement is much more effective than negative reinforcement. Catch them doing something rightBreaking down skills into small pieces The steps: Hearing what you're being asked to do, then seeing what you need to do, then physically doing it. Sometimes actually taking their arm or leg and doing the motion for them.Handling emotions with kids with special needs Address it, don't hide from it. Handle it the same as you would with any kid who gets upset - address it, teach them what is acceptable. Then re-focus them. The parents are a great resource to get ideasReach out to the school to get more inclusive P.E. teachers, school administrators could recommend a few kids that could be good candidates to join your teamFavorite Quotes Quote: 'Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose' - Friday Night Lights Quote: 'All of us do not have equal talents. But all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.' - JFK--Reviews are the lifeblood of the podcast!- If you like the podcast- please take 2 minutes to write a review! Click here-Ready to be an Awesome Youth Coach? Sign up for our free weekly newsletter:SaveSave
Launching a Non-Profit and a Podcast with Special Education Lawyers Amanda Selogie and Vickie Brett [GWL 119]
The Gen Y Lawyer Podcast
The fearless duo from Selogie and Brett, Amanda and Vickie, join us to share their insight on how they launched their law practice focused on helping children living with disabilities. They also share how they’ve channeled their passion for helping special needs children into their non-profit and their newly launched podcast. What You’ll Learn in this Episode: What it takes to be a special education law attorney How they figured out it was time for them to open their own practice together Is going solo for everyone? How can you make a law firm partnership last and how to make sure you’re protected in case the love doesn’t last How someone in a niche practice area can generate business What to use to market your practice when you don’t have a big budget…or a budget at all! Why they started their non-profit and a podcast to support the non-profit’s mission Resources Mentioned: Connection Café Contact Information: www.selogiebrett.com Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter Inclusive Education Project Facebook, Instagram This episode is brought to you by MM.LaFleur, a women's workwear brand whose mission is to take the work out of dressing for work.