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The education system in 2018 is more challenging than ever and a greater number of students have special needs requiring support beyond those ordinarily received in the school setting. To ensure that the learning rights and safety of all students and staff is not compromised, it is critical that those working in special education have a complete and current understanding of the law and how it guides their day to day actions.

Completion of this program counts towards
The Osgoode Certificate in Education Law

This 13th Annual OsgoodePD program was developed to provide you with a practical, up-to-date understanding of the most pertinent legal challenges in special education law today and give you strategies to deal with them.

Topics include:

  • The latest human rights case law relating to special education and schools
  • The positive duty to address allegations of discrimination in the school
  • Strategies for dealing with violent behavior in schools: protecting students and staff
  • How does OHSA impact special needs students, their teachers and other educational workers?
  • Can a school board refuse to admit a student under the Education Act? Why and how?


Keynote Adress

  • David Lepofsky, Visiting Professor (part-time), Osgoode Hall Law School, York University; Adjunct Faculty, University of Toronto Faculty of Law; Chair, AODA Alliance; Member & Past Chair, Toronto District School Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee


  • Robert G. Keel, Keel Cottrelle LLP
  • Dr. Brendan Browne, Superintendent of Education, Special Education Services, Halton Catholic District School Board
  • Nicole Dupuis, Director of Health Promotion, Windsor Essex County Health Unit
  • Simon Fisch, Counsel, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto
  • Jessica Koper, Shibley Righton LLP
  • Sheila M. MacKinnon, Shibley Righton LLP
  • Dr. Sharon Pyke, Superintendent of Education, Special Education Program and Services, Greater Essex County District School Board
  • Nicola Simmons, Keel Cottrelle LLP
  • Sheilagh Turkington, Cavalluzzo Shilton McIntyre Cornish LLP



Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments. Group discounts are available. Please inquire about financial assistance.

Group Discounts for CLE Programs

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the date, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute a full refund (less $75 administration fee) is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. No other refund is available.


Have questions? Read our FAQs.

Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Myrsini Zacharakis

Program Details

Date & Time

October 11, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. EDT
In person & webcast

Online Replay
November 20, 2018
Register for the Online Replay.


Osgoode Professional
Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor
Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$545 plus HST

Take advantage of special pricing when registering for both this program and Cannabis in Schools: An Educator’s Guide to the Law and Best Practices
$825 plus HST

Register for Both Courses.
Register for Both Courses (Online Replay - Nov. 20).

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Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • School Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Supervisory Officers
  • School trustees
  • Directors of Education
  • School board staff
  • Representatives from Federations, the Ministry of Education, and Ontario College of
  • Teachers
  • Advocates for students and parents
  • Legal practitioners – education law practitioners

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Endorsed By






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Muslim Association of Canada


Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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