Virtually Speaking Webinar: Elearning: How to Advocate for Your Child

Date(s) - Tuesday, April 21, 2020
10:30 am EDT - 11:30 am EDT



Is your child struggling with E-Learning? Is your child getting the support services needed to meet his or her IEP goals? The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in a variety of unprecedented and unpredictable ways. Our children and schools have taken on an enormous shift in teaching and delivery of instruction and services. Many parents are finding that remote learning can be especially hard for kids with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges.

Join Randi and Christine as they share suggestions about how to effectively advocate for your child and collaborate with your school district during this stressful time.

Randi​ Silverman is the Executive Director of The Youth Mental Health Project and the screenwriter and producer of the​ ​multi-award​ ​winning​ ​film, NO LETTING GO. As one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​nation’s​ ​leading​ ​voices​ ​on​ ​the​ ​topic​ ​of​ ​youth​ ​mental​ ​health, Randi frequently​ ​travels​ ​the​ ​country​ ​to​ speak about the importance of understanding the mental health needs of children, teens, and young adults and to ​facilitate community conversations after screenings of NO LETTING GO. With a focus on increasing awareness and changing the narrative about mental health, particularly as it relates to youth, Randi and her team at The Youth Mental Health Project have created educational materials and programs to empower, educate, and support families and communities around the important issues related to the mental health of youth. Randi is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Christine Lai is cofounder and Executive Director of Special Education Legal Fund, Inc (S.E.L.F.). S.E.L.F. was founded in 2018 by parents for parents in need with children in the special education system who require legal assistance to secure a free and appropriate public education for their child. Christine is a longtime advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and currently is a director of NEXT for Autism as well as a past board chair of Abilis, Inc. Ms. Lai is co-chair of Columbia University’s Fairfield County Alumni Relations Committee. In her previous life, Ms. Lai was Chief Financial Officer for a startup children’s personal care company, a buy-side equity research analyst at a New York and Dallas-based alternative investment funds, and a research analyst in sell-side equity research. Ms. Lai graduated from Columbia College at Columbia University with a degree in History.