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Today's education system 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 are 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

Special bundle pricing if you register for both this program and Conflict Resolution Workshop for Educators

The 14th 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 to be covered 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?

PLUS – Back for 2019!

Don’t miss the Optional Full-Day Workshop: Conflict Resolution Skills for Educators on October 25th! Working with your peers and workshop leaders you will learn:

  • How to prevent and handle conflict
  • Collaborative approaches to resolving conflicts
  • The key skills of an effective negotiator
  • The rules and responsibilities with special education


Program Chairs

  • Robert G. Keel, Keel Cottrelle LLP


  • TBD

Workshop Facilitators

  • Professor D. Paul Emond, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Robert G. Keel, Keel Cottrelle LLP
  • Marc Emond, LLM Med (he/him), Assistant Director, Academic Accommodation and Learning, Student Learning Support, Ryerson University; Chair, Inter-University Disabilities Association (IDIA) Ontario



Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments.

Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

OsgoodePD offers group rates and financial assistance for both on-site and webcast formats.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, 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 is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


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Program Details

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

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Myrsini Zacharakis at MZacharakis@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

October 24, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT
In Person and Webcast (*Workshop is In Person Only)

Online Replay
November 27, 2019
Register for Online Replay 


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

Fee per Delegate

Conference only: $545 + HST

Workshop only: $545 + HST

Newly Licensed (2016-2019): $272.50 + HST

Conference + Workshop: $895 + HST

Newly Licensed (2016-2019): $447.50 + HST


Register Now

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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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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