Calvin Luker, Attorney

Tricia Luker, Advocate

2007 Guthrie Avenue
Royal Oak, Michigan 48067
Phone: (248) 544-7223

Fax: (248) 544-7233



RESPECTability Law Center


  • Representation
    • Intake
    • Direct representation
    • Consultation to other attorneys
  • Attend what?
    • Court
    • IEPs
    • Administrative Hearings
    • Person Centered Planning meetings
  • Training/Workshops
    • INTRODUCTION TO IDEA: Rights, Resources and Results - Introduces the concept that special education is in place to provide additional services, support, programs, specialized placements or environments to ensure that educational needs of all students who have disabilities are provided for at no cost to the parents. Explains the basic process used to determine eligibility for special education services and to develop individualized education programs.
    • TAMING THE IEP: How to write an effective IEP - The Individualized Education Program [IEP] is the “centerpiece” of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. It is the forum for addressing the uniqueness that justifies doing something different than general education for a child with disabilities. This workshop will share tools and strategies to help identify and describe a student’s educational needs, identify learning and developmental deficiencies, and propose a set of goals and objectives for the student.
    • SECTION 504: Exactly what is it? - Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law designed to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance. In the public education arena, Section 504 guarantees certain rights to individuals with disabilities, including the right to full participation and access to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. This workshop focuses on who qualifies for educational services under Section 504; how Section 504 can help a child; and what are “appropriate” accommodations under Section 504.
    • EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES: Help for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers - The term Early Intervention refers to services given to infants, toddlers and preschoolers with special needs, generally from birth up to the age of five. Services may include speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy, provided in the child’s natural environment, which generally means the child's home. The intent is that these services, provided early, will help address delays in development as early as possible to reduce or eliminate the need for services later on in the child’s life.
    • INCLUSION: When ALL really means ALL - “Inclusive education” is the implementation of the belief that all students in a school, regardless of their strengths or weaknesses in any area, belong to the school community of students, teachers and support staff and should participate in the whole educational process together. This workshop is designed to help provide strategies on how to accomplish inclusive education. Resources for making accommodations will be included as well as resource lists for learning more about inclusive education.
    • POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORTS: The Truth about Consequences - This workshop explores the legal, educational, and behavioral foundations of positive behavior support. The session will discuss functional behavior assessments, including the nature of the assessment and what role the behavior itself plays in behavior analysis. A large part of the session will be devoted to essential elements of an effective positive behavior support plan, including target behaviors, replacement behaviors, positive reinforcement, data collection, etc.
    • PREVENTING RESTRAINT, SECLUSION AND USE OF AVERSIVES: Creating truly safe schools - This workshop examines recent trends in the use and abuse of seclusion and restraint from both an educational and a legal perspective. Participants will learn how to use Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans to eliminate the need for seclusion and restraints. The workshop also will discuss IDEA 2004 and its implementing regulations emphasizing the use of positive behavioral interventions.
    • PERSON CENTERED PLANNING: Captain of my ship, Master of my fate - This workshop is designed to give participants a basic understanding of Person-Centered Planning [PCP]. Participants will discuss the process for planning and delivering services that focuses on and supports the life outcomes chosen by the individual receiving services; builds upon the capacity of the individual to engage in activities that promote community life; and honors the preferences and choices of the individual. A toolbox of methods and resources that enable people with disabilities to choose their own pathways to success will be discussed.
    • ADHD - Attention deficits, with or without hyperactivity, have a tremendous impact on a child, the child’s family and others in the child’s immediate environment. Children with attention deficits encounter difficulty at home, in social settings and especially at school. This workshop concentrates on teaching a team-centered, problem-solving approach to understanding ADHD and creating environments and accommodations that maximize the child’s potential.
    • PARENT-PROFESSIONALPARTNERSHIP: Communicate, Collaborate, Coordinate - Parents play a new role in today’s schools as core collaborators with professionals because of dramatic reforms in general and special education. Collaboration between families and professionals is vital to success for individual students with disabilities. This workshop highlights strategies that develop trust between parents and professionals and foster effective working relationships of mutual respect.
    • TRANSTITON: Building Bridges to Opportunities - Transition planning is the process through which schools, parents and their children identify the child’s long-term needs and desires and identify the services, systems and people who can best help the child maximize his or her adult life. It is critical to define the “dream” for post-school life. Parents need to see a system and its participants concentrate on their child’s abilities and life goals, rather than focusing on the child’s deficits.
    • BEAT THE CLOCK: Grief and the Double Bind - Parents of children with disabilities are in a double bind. They move mountains to stabilize or cure their child’s disease or disorder while simultaneously acting to maximize the child’s life experiences. This workshop concentrates on the emotions that surround those efforts, including the joys and sorrows and how to survive the grief.
    • ALL IN THE FAMILY: Siblings and Sustaining a Happy Family - This workshop discusses two major areas of need: the need for simple, clear explanations about the cause and nature of disabilities; and the need for reassurance and support for the feelings of siblings about their brother or sister who has special needs. This workshop shares insights on solving family challenges that brothers or sisters commonly confront. It is about the siblings, too.
    • LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY: Influencing Public Policy - This workshop presents strategies to influence decision makers, organize public opinion and influence and/or create a public policy. The political process can be exciting and challenging, particularly when families are equipped with the appropriate knowledge and tools to work to advance advocacy and public policy goals.
    • RECORD KEEPING: Parents as Central Data Banks - To create an effective educational plan for meeting a child’s needs, parents will need all records, past and present. This workshop discusses the requirements of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act [FERPA]; demonstrates how to acquire and organize the child’s records; and identifies how and with whom to share the child’s records.
    • PARENT REPORT: Going from Recipient to Participant - Parents of children with disabilities have a unique understanding of their child, a keen sense of what types of services their child needs and the most effective service delivery methods. It is important for families to have effective ways to convey that information to others. Participants will learn how to use the Parent Report to communicate effectively with professionals to obtain the best programs for their children.
    • RESPITE CARE: Give me a Break! - Caring for a child with disabilities or severe health problems can be a full-time job. It is easy to become overwhelmed with their care needs. Often, families who would not hesitate to call for relief from the constant care of their typical children hesitate to call for relief from the care of their child with a disability or special health care need. This workshop will describe the respite care process and help identify respite care sources.
    • SELF DETERMINATION: Supporting the Promise of Freedom - The purpose of self-determination is to make it possible for individuals to create personally meaningful lives in their community. This workshop will explore the principles of self-determination and the tools needed to make this a reality.
    • ALTERNATIVES TO GUARDIANSHIP - This workshop demonstrates how to promote development of meaningful relationships and use the principles of person-centered planning and self determination to help people with disabilities make decisions for themselves with support from others without the need for court intervention or the creation of guardianships or conservatorships.
    • WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT’S NOT COVERED? - Accessing Community Resources - One of the largest barriers to community living for people with disabilities is the challenge of finding and maintaining adequate community support. This workshop identifies problems that arise in accessing and using such community resources as health insurance, Medicaid, home health care, child and adult waivers and other programs; and discusses strategies for resolving the problems.
    • ADVANCED SPECIAL EDUCATION - This two day workshop walks the participant through the major components of special education law including establishing eligibility, evaluations, developing Individualized Education Programs, early intervention and transition services, problem resolution, due process and other legal remedies, Section 504 and other special education concepts.
    • SAME LAKE, DIFFERENT BOAT - This workshop, designed for professionals who provide educational, medical, community, respite and other services to people with disabilities and their families, introduces the participant to the unique cultural, emotional and practical issues that define and challenge the families they serve. This course is a “Welcome to Holland” for service providers.
    • TIME STRESS MANAGEMENT - Life already is unpredictable and stressful enough for families who have family members with disabilities. This workshop teaches how to maximize time and effort by using time management and stress reduction techniques that help the family to operate more efficiently in general and to be better prepared to handle crises when they arise.
    • THE CULTURE OF DISABILITY - This workshop identifies common misconceptions and stigmatizing beliefs and practices that operate to isolate people with disabilities from their general community. The workshop then provides strategies that can be used to educate service providers and members of the general public on the harm that such practices and attitudes cause and how those practices can be changed.
  • Writing
  • Systems Advocacy
  • Juvenile Court
Practice Areas
  • Alternatives to Guardianship

    • Patient Advocacy

    • Advanced Directives

    • Durable Power of Attorney

  • Community Services

    • Respite

    • Person Centered Planning

    • Family Support Subsidy

    • Medicaid Waivers

  • Fair Housing

  • Special Ed

    • IEP Meetings

    • Transition Meetings

    • IEP Facilitation

    • Mediation

    • Administrative Due

    • Process Hearings


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