Webinar – Shara Virlan – Essential Strategies for Navigating Special Education

Shara Virlan SPED PANS PANDAS Aspire SSW

Speaker: Shara Virlan

Webinar: Essential Strategies for Navigating Special Education

Date/Time: August 23rd, 11:00am EST

Register for this webinar: Via Zoom!


School accommodations and/or modifications may be essential for a thorough and appropriate PANS PANDAS treatment protocol. You are not alone in being confused about whether or not your child needs an IEP or a 504 plan. This lecture seeks to explain the basics of a 504 plan and an IEP, when to ask for an assessment, tips for navigating the 504 and IEP process, qualifying impairments for a 504 plan and IEP, and a sample letter to request the school to evaluate for a 504/IEP. You are your child’s best advocate, and this presentation will help you navigate this process within the school setting. 

  • When to ask for an assessment for an IEP or 504 plan
  • Basics of a 504 plan
  • Basics of an IEP (Individualized Education Plan)
  • Tips for navigating the 504 and IEP Process
  • Sample Referral Letter to School Staff
About Shara Virlan

Shara Virlan ( Ver-lon) is a former educator who believes all students have the right to a fair and appropriate education. She began her journey in education in 2003 by earning her Elementary Education degree from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and a Masters in Educational Leadership in 2011. Shara went on to teach for 14 years and also earned her reading licensure to be a Reading Teacher in Wisconsin. During her professional career, her oldest daughter was diagnosed with PANDAS and her journey of advocating for students’ access to appropriate education began. Shara runs a Facebook page dedicated to supporting caregivers and educators who have a child with PANS, PANDAS or a neurodiverse condition.

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