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Thursday, October 20th

CUP Cafe

1000 New York Ave

Huntington Station, NY




Special Education Law & Advocacy Workshop

October 20th,2022 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: CUP Cafe , 1000 New York Avenue, Huntington Station

Presented by: Thivierge & Rothberg, P.C., & The ELIJA Foundation

Christina D. Thivierge, Esq., Randi M. Rothberg, Esq. &  Debora Thiverge, BCaBA, CBAA ELIJA

This interactive workshop will outline the important components of an IEP and CSE meetings, and the special education laws that protect the rights of students with disabilities. Workshop leaders will discuss ways to proactively address parent concerns and provide tools and strategies to support future IEP and CSE meetings.

*There is a small fee to cover the use of the location, snacks, beverages

ELIJA Members $5.00

Non-Members $10.00


-How to advocate for your child

-Advocay/Special education law



Christina D. Thivierge, Esq., Thivierge & Rothberg P.C.

Christina Thivierge is a co-founding partner and principal in the law firm of Thivierge & Rothberg, P.C., a private law firm in New York City that concentrates on special education cases. Formerly, Christina was the Senior Associate at Mayerson & Associates where she handled special education matters (primarily for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities). Christina received her Juris Doctorate from the City University of New York School of Law and her Bachelors degree from Central Connecticut State University. Christina is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey, as well as a number of federal Courts of Appeal. In addition to litigating due process matters in New York, New Jersey, Indiana and Alaska, Christina has extensive federal court experience and has argued and presented dispositive motions and matters of first impression.

Randi M. Rothberg, Esq., Thivierge & Rothberg P.C.

Randi Rothberg is a co-founding partner and principal in the law firm of Thivierge & Rothberg, P.C. Randi previously served as the Associate attorney at a prominent New York law firm that concentrates on special education cases, as well as an Associate attorney at a general practice/defense litigation firm. Randi received her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, and her Bachelors degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. During law school, Randi was a published member of the CARDOZO WOMEN'S LAW JOURNAL Executive Board ("Not As Simple As Learning the ABC's: A Comment on Owasso Independent School District No. I-011 v. Falvo and the State of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act," 9 CARDOZO WOMEN'S LAW JOURNAL 27 (2002)).

A recipient of the David Berg and Charles H. Revson Fellowships, Randi previously interned at the renowned Innocence Project and a small private law firm (where she concentrated on civil rights litigation). She also participated in the Cardozo Advocates for Battered Women's "uncontested divorce" program, through which she assisted an attorney at Sanctuary for Families. Also during law school, Randi was competitively selected for the Brechner Fellowship, through which she worked at the Anti-Defamation League.


Debora Thivierge, BCaBA, CBAA, Executive Director & Founder of ELIJA Foundation, School, Farm

Debora received her BA in Sociology from Hofstra University and is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She serves as the Executive Director and Founder of The ELIJA School, Founder of The ELIJA Foundation, the ELIJA Farm, and ELIJA's Transition Program and Services (TPS). Debora has volunteered her time to numerous Autism groups such as Nassau County’s Department of Health Early Intervention Coordinating Council, New York State Association of Behavior Analysis, Nassau County Autism Coalition run by the County Executive and served as a board member of The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) for 5 years. She was appointed to the New York State Licensure Board for Applied Behavior Analysis in 2014 and served until 2018, when she stepped down to advocate for the advancement of the field in ABA. For the past 22 years, she has been providing advocacy to families and conducted training workshops to promote evidence based instruction for families and educators who have been touched by Autism. She has a 24year old son with Autism.

Thursday, October 20th

CUP Cafe

1000 New York Ave

Huntington Station, NY


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