Legal seminar on special needs children

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Thursday, April 24, the Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association will host a legal workshop for parents of autistic and special needs children. The workshop at The Shorkey Center, 855 S. Eighth St., from 6-8 p.m. is open to the public, and free babysitting services will be provided. The event is sponsored by a grant from the Jefferson County Bar Association Foundation. Local parents, educators and attorneys are welcome to attend free of charge.

The workshop will feature Galveston attorney Dorene Philpot and Beaumont attorney Harvey Warren. Philpot will present the basic principles of special education law, including a discussion of the basic rights afforded to all special needs children and how to properly advocate for those rights. Warren will present the basic principles of guardianship and estate issues that are specific to parents with special needs children. Both will speak for about 45 minutes to an hour on their topic and will also be available for questions and answer.

The seminar will give parents, educators and others information to ensure that their children are receiving a “free and appropriate” education in the public schools. Also, the workshop will help parents of special needs children make appropriate estate planning decisions.

Those who are interested in attending the seminar need to contact the Shorkey Center at (409) 838-6568.