Regular Late Fee (SEP 12)
 Member $389 $439
 Nonmember $489 $539
 Aspiring Directors $150 $150
 Retired Directors $0 $0

Pre-conference is $129 available as an add-on to registration or as a stand-alone registration. Attendees can participate virtually or in person. The in-person registration includes lunch. 


Conference Location

Grand Wayne Conference Center, 120 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Overnight Rooms

Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown at Grand Wayne Convention Center, 1150 South Harrison Street Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

$159 a night


Wednesday, September 28

Pre-Conference | 9 am - 3 pm

The 5 Keys to Successfully Supporting Behavior Regulation

Current behavior trends have an over-focus on compliance and external behavioral supports and fail to address the underlying needs that often lead to so-called “challenging behavior”. This course presents 5 key areas that should be a support consideration for every single person: Finding the WHY, Communication, Sensory Needs, Predictability, and a Structured Approach to Emotional Understanding.

Kelly Mahler OTD, OTR/L, earned a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She has been an occupational therapist for 20 years, serving school-aged children and adults. Kelly is winner of multiple awards, including the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging and Innovative Practice Award & a Mom’s Choice Gold Medal. She is an adjunct faculty member at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA as well as at Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. Kelly is a co-principal investigator in several research projects pertaining to topics such as interoception, self-regulation, trauma & autism. Kelly is an international speaker and presents frequently on topics related to the ten resources she has authored.


From the dirt-poor alleys of Anderson, Indiana, to a record-breaking career on a legendary team, on the grandest stage in sports, Carl Erskine has lived the American dream and spent a lifetime giving to others. His life as a famed Brooklyn Dodger and human rights advocate is featured in an inspiring new documentary, “The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story,” which will premiere Aug. 11 at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Anderson, Indiana.

Directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Ted Green, the documentary shares the inspiring story of Erskine and the pivotal role he played in two of the great human rights movements of our time. He helped break down racial barriers as a teammate and close friend of Jackie Robinson, and he fought for people with intellectual disabilities, their acceptance and the services available to them.

“In baseball circles and among many in Indiana, Carl has been revered for decades,” Green said. “And we’ll show that in the most fun, comprehensive light yet. But the true beauty of the film will be what Carl has done, quietly but so powerfully, to integrate society and make all feel accepted and welcome. He is a living testament to the ability a humble, dedicated person has to make a mountain of difference, and the Indiana Historical Society and I are beyond grateful that he’s trusting us with his legacy story.”

The film includes commentary and perspectives from the Erskine family, Timothy Shriver of Special Olympics International, Hall of Fame broadcasters Vin Scully and Bob Costas, former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, and Hall of Fame basketball player and coach Bob “Slick” Leonard. Daniels inspired the film’s title. When presenting Erskine with a Sachem Award, the state’s highest honor, Daniels said, “He’s the best we’ve got.”As the last living member of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ “Boys of Summer,” the 95-year-old Erskine played in five World Series, set the Series single-game strikeout record, threw two no-hitters, and pitched the Dodgers’ first game in Los Angeles.The film is co-produced by Ted Green Films and the Indiana Historical Society.

Thursday, September 29

7:30 AM

Check-in & Breakfast

8:15 AM

Welcome, Dr. Angie Balsley

8:30 AM

Keynote Speaker: Ted Green

9:30 AM

Vendor Visits

9:40 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Legal and Practical Issues in Addressing Aggressive Behavior
Participants will receive materials, practical suggestions, and inspiration to strengthen the educational decision-making and practices for addressing behavioral issues within their respective schools.
Monica Conrad, Lewis Kapes
Dawn McGrath, IN*Source
The Use of the Certificate of Incapacity or Physician’s Statement in Special Education Placement Decisions
Participants will gain a better understanding of the use, and misuse, of statements from physicians by schools and case conference committees in determining how to provide a FAPE in the LRE.
Dana Long, Indiana Department of Education
Cathy Danyluk, Indiana Department of Education
Collaborating with ABA Centers/Providers
As a result of this session, participants will understand the role of ABA versus schools, and learn different models for collaboration.
Cathy Pratt, Indiana Resource Center for Autism
How leaders can provide systematic support to address the educator shortage: Attract, Prepare, & Retain special education personnel
Leaders will learn how Goalbook is helping educators increase their levels of effectiveness and efficiency to lead to higher rates of job satisfaction and improved student outcomes.
Vinnie Ray, Goalbook
Creating a Culture of Inclusion at the Colonel
This presentation will provide building and district administrators with practical tools for increasing instructional time in the general education setting for students with special education services. This will positively impact academic outcomes, compliance data for Indicator 5, and Results Driven Accountability (RDA) data. Presenters will discuss The Colonel's inclusion team and building blocks for increasing inclusionary practices at the middle school level for students with significant disabilities.
Heather Paskis, Crown Point Community School Corporation
Jacob Rodriguez, Colonel John Wheeler MS
Mark Gianfermi, Secondary Education
Kelly Oost, Exceptional Education

Adding More Horsepower: How to Optimize School-based Medicaid Reimbursements with Free Care
In this session, you’ll learn about Free Care, what it could mean for your district, and how you can get started. With this knowledge, you’ll be ready to have the school community cheering from the grandstand as you accelerate towards the checkered flag and help optimize Medicaid reimbursements for your district.
Michael Nevells, Go Solutions

Dispute Resolution & Attorney Fees
Hear live oral argument from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeal in A.B. v. Brownsburg Community School Corporation debating the status of "prevailing party" which impacts the responsibility for parent attorney fees. Debrief the argument and other dispute resolution issues with ICOSA and ICASE leadership.
Indiana Council of School Attorneys (ICOSA) & ICASE

10:40 AM

Vendor Visits and Special Olympics Unified Activities

11:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for Challenging Students
This session will review legal standards: for LRE including relevant case law, for changing placement in context of LRE, of FAPE in context of LRE and the role of wrap-around services. It will also review options for residential/intense day programs, address role of DCS & Juvenile Courts, and discuss potential areas for legislative/regulatory development.
Séamus Boyce, Kroger, Gardis & Regas
Karen Glasser Sharp, Lewis Kappes

Collaboration in Transition from ABA Center to School
Understanding of the benefits of collaboration across environments when a student transitions back to school after attending ABA therapy. Assist with planning and included components to apply when collaborating in this transition. Including the perspectives of various stakeholders/team members in this process. Will also include a parent perspective either via a video testimonial or parent presenter based on a case study/transition that is in process.
Victoria Miller, Avon Community School Corporation
Lori Carmichael-Howell, Avon Community School Corporation
Tanaha Simon, BCBA at Kids Count Therapy
Shane Wilson, Kids Count School Team Representative

The Question Is No Longer "Why" but "How"
Participants in this session will learn about the most recent and most comprehensive research on inclusion for both elementary and secondary levels. Participants will learn how this research is different than past research and the reasons we can make more definitive statements about the impact of inclusion. Participants will discuss and reflect on how we move forward in making inclusion a reality.
Sandi Cole, Indiana University
Dr. Hardy Murphy
Issues and Strategies: Co-Occurring ASD and Mental Health
This session will highlight data from the IRCA needs assessment survey concerning behavior and mental health, discuss suicide initiatives in the state, highlight the impact of trauma on behavior and discuss a whole child approach.
Cathy Pratt, Indiana Resource Center for Autism
Trauma Informed Easy to Implement Self-Regulation Strategies
Kara will share her favorite self-regulation strategies that can be taught to students of all ages: Controlled breathing exercises, Surprising the mouth, Favorites, Panoramic View (from anywhere), and Environmental Changes
Kara Guiff, Guiff Goodies for Education
Spotlight on Family Engagement
Participants will be introduced to a model of family engagement that is designed to improve student outcomes and school achievement. (There may be opportunities by next fall to access federal resources, if the grant is awarded to Indiana.)
Dr. Dawn McGrath, IN*SOURCE

12:00 PM


1:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Stay Put and Change of Placements
Attendees will increase their ability to determine when stay put placements are triggered, what a student’s stay put placement is, and what to do if the stay put placement isn’t available or is inappropriate.
Andrew Manna, Church Church Hittle + Antrim

Recruitment and Retention of Teaching Staff
In this session attendees will receive information on tapping into a stream of teachers not currently identified and will review the retention of those employees
Tony England, Elkhart Community Schools
End of the Road? Educating Incarcerated Youth in Indiana
Provide an overview of the correctional education model in Indiana. Give an overview of what the school day looks like, what programs are offered. Provide data on graduation rates and other outcomes. Outline the demographics of the schools.
Stuart Barney, Indiana Department of Correction
Transparency in IEP Monitoring: Building Consensus in Writing Quality Annual Goals
Pull aside the curtain on the monitoring process and our consensus-building activities. Show districts ways to incorporate the process in their own professional communities. Give attendees the opportunity to review the checklist we use and apply the steps to actual goal examples. Attendees will walk away with samples of the monitoring checklist and rubric used by the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (INSTRC) and Indiana IEP Resource Center (IEPRC) in the consensus-building process.
Matthew Johnson, Indiana IEP Resource Center
3 Strategies for Supporting Student Success: Teacher Training, Rigor, Trends in Behavior Assessment
Build capacity for school and district leadership to synthesize current research to diagnose trends affecting schools in Indiana.
Scott Wyzgoski, TeachTown
Indicator 13 & 14 Updates, New Monitoring Schedule, and Portfolio Updates
Indiana University
Cathlene Hardy Hansen, Mary Pearson, Sandra Block

2:00 PM

Vendor Visits and Special Olympics Unified Activities

2:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Recent Laws and Cases Involving Transgender Students
Jason Clagg, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Mark Scudder, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Communication and Community: Access for All
Educators will gain a better understanding of how to build a District Wide Assistive Technology team to assist in creating access for all students. Examples of Access for All will be provided from the elementary level to the secondary level such as, Stempathy, a Biology Sensory Wall, and Playground Communication Boards.
Rebecca Allen, PHM
Beth Zachary, Exceptional Education Secondary Supervisor
Erin Grover, OTR

Defending SEL: Understanding the Attacks, Finding Common Ground and Putting Youth First
Participants will identify and be able to undertake helpful actions to recent attacks.
Dr. Sandy Washburn, Indiana University
Deann Nibarger, Indiana University
Aligning Procedures to Proper Action
Procedural manuals are federally mandated policy, yet many school districts lack systematized processes for writing and revising them. We offer an in-depth tool to help stakeholders reconstruct their procedural manual with fidelity.
Mariella Arredondo, Center on Education and Lifelong Learning
Adam Henze, Center on Education and Lifelong Learning
Thriving in a Social World: Making SEL Attainable and Meaningful for Students with Autism
Discuss the importance of social-emotional learning (SEL) for all students, including students with autism and developmental disabilities. Gain knowledge about SEL research and the evidence base in relation to autism spectrum disorders. Understand how to identify specific SEL skills to teach, and recognize the curricular components necessary for effectively teaching and generalizing SEL skills. Identify and practice effective instructional methods to build SEL skills. Learn how to meaningfully generalize SEL skills taught in small group sessions.
Mark Howard, STAR Autism Support
Newly Licensed: Now What? Supporting Student Communication for Teachers New to Special Education
Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to support the communication of students with complex disabilities and how communication impacts students’ access to general education curriculum and peers.
Ashley Quick, Project Success/Public Consulting Group
The Sonday System – Orton-Gillingham and the Science of Reading Made Easy
For administrators to have a better understanding of how they can offer effective reading instructional resources for their teachers to help students close gaps in reading.
Todd Price, Winsor Learning

3:15 PM


4:00 PM

Scavenger Hunt

6:30 PM

ICASE Dinner & Social Event

Dinner, Drinks, and Dancing

Location: Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Friday, September 30

7:45 AM

Breakfast & Roundtables


Convention Hall B

North East

Harrison DE

North West

Jefferson BC

North Central

Harrison B


Jefferson A

South West

Harrison C

South East

Harrison A

9:00 AM

Report & Update
Dr. Nancy Holsapple, Director of Special Education, IDOE


10:00 AM

Vendor Visits

10:15 AM

ICASE News and Celebrations

12:00 PM


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