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Attending: How Dyslexia is Defined Under MI and Federal Special Education Law

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Featuring WMU Associate Professor and Auxiliary Dean,
David J. Tarrien, B.A., M.A., J.D.

Professor Tarrien is active in community service. He is WMU-Cooley’s representative on the West Michigan Presidents Compact Committee, and has been a member of the boards of directors for the International Dyslexia Association Midwest Region, the Dyslexia Center of West Michigan and Arts in Motion. He is the founder and current board president of Friends of Dyslexia Education for West Michigan Children, which raises funds for area reading programs. He has put together panel discussions of attorneys practicing in special education law, initiated an Individualized Education Program pro bono project, and started an elementary/middle school student court program with WMU-Cooley students. In 2015, he won the Cohn Prize in Law and Public Policy Scholarship for his paper, “The Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School IEP Project: Engaging Students and Empowering Families.” He previously served as vice president of the school board for St. Andrew’s School in Grand Rapids, and as a volunteer researcher for the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition in East Lansing.

Professor Tarrien teaches Introduction to Law, Advanced Writing, Research and Writing, Federal Disability Law, Law of Cyberspace, Education Law, and Special Education Law.

If you are a parent, educator, tutor, reading specialist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, or anyone who is dyslexic or knows a dyslexic – this meeting is for you!