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Date(s) - 11/02/2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

U of I, Rockford


This training is a collaboration of  Rosecrance, NAMI, RAMP, Equip for Equality, Easterseals Family Support Services, and The Autism Program of Easterseals.

Matt Cohen is a private attorney with 35 years experience representing children and adults with disabilities and has represented thousands of students in disputes with public schools and higher education institutions in Illinois and other states. He is a founding board member of COPAA (and currently serves on the COPAA board) and served as the chair of the Illinois Attorney General’s Committee on Special Education for over 25 years, as well as serving on many other not-for-profit boards. Matt has conducted hundreds of trainings for parents, advocates and educators throughout the United States. He is the author of “A Guide to Special Education Advocacy: What Parents, Advocates and Clinicians Need to Know” and has authored many articles on special education and mental health law.

Brad Dembs joined Matt Cohen & Associates in 2017. Brad’s passion for disability rights, and special education in particular, comes from his experience working with and advocating for individuals with disabilities in various contexts over the past two decades. Prior to joining MCA, Brad spent five years working as a Staff Attorney for Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc., where he focused on special education law. His duties include representing families of children with disabilities in all stages of disputes with their school districts, from advocating at IEP meetings, Section 504 Plan meetings and disciplinary hearings to filing Due Process complaints and subsequent appeals. Brad also has experience arguing cases in federal district court and in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Brad is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Michigan.

For more information and to register, please call 815.395.5566 or email

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