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The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
October 14, 2003


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Alert - Join Pete and Pam Wright in Woodbridge, Virginia on November 12, 2003 and in Syracuse, New York on November 15, 2003 for a One Day Advocacy Training Program!

The Woodbridge, Virginia program was originally scheduled to take place on September 23, 2003 in Northern Virginia and was postponed due to Hurricane Isabel.

These one day training programs focuses on four areas; special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests and measurements to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and an introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.

For more details about what you will learn see agenda below.


Registration Information for Woodbridge, Virginia on November 12, 2003

Registration fee is $85.00.

Registrants will receive two books - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy (value: $59.90). Books may not be available to last minute registrations and walk-ins.

Download the flyer designed by TAP from our website.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/flyers/03.11.va.pdf

To open this document, you need Adobe Reader installed in your computer. You can download this free program from the Adobe site at - http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html

For more info about this training program, including hotels, directions, and things to do, visit the Woodbridge, Virginia conference page.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/03.11.va.htm

Questions? For information, please call (800) 649-8481 or E-mail: information@autismva.org


Registration Information for Syracuse, NY on November 15, 2003

Registration fee $95.00 for parents/individuals with disabilities or $110.00 professionals.

Registrants will receive two books - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy (value: $59.90). Books may not be available to last minute registrations and walk-ins.

Download the flyer designed by the Syracuse Asperger Autism Support from our website.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/flyers/03.11.ny.pdf

To open this document, you need Adobe Reader installed in your computer. You can download this free program from the Adobe site at - http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html

For more info about this training program, including hotels, directions, and things to do, visit the Syracuse, NY conference page.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/03.11.ny.htm

Questions? For information, please call Mary Harrington (315) 637-4438 or E-mail Marpeth@Juno.com


Agenda

Special Education Law

  • Overview of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA '97)
  • Findings and Purposes
  • Definitions
  • ESY, Child Find, LRE, Inclusion, Private Placements, Assessments
  • Evaluations, Re-evaluations, IEPs
  • Procedural Safeguards, Complaints, Notice, Placement in Alternative Educational Setting
  • Section 504 v. IDEA
  • Caselaw
  • IDEA Reauthorization (IDEA 2002)
  • Back to School on Civil Rights
  • No Child Left Behind Act

Tests & Measurements 101

  • Progress & Regression
  • Standard Scores, Subtest Scores, Percentile Ranks
  • How to Chart Test Scores

SMART IEPs

  • Specific, Measurable, Action Words, Realistic & Relevant
  • Time Limited
  • Strategies for Writing Present Levels of Performance
  • Annual Goals
  • Short-term Objectives & Benchmarks
  • IEP Checklists
  • Recognizing Common IEP Problems

Tactics & Strategies for Effective Advocacy

  • Parent-School Conflict: Why & How to Resolve
  • Obstacles to Successful Advocacy
  • Rules of Adverse Assumptions
  • How to Organize the Child's File
  • How to Use the Comprehensive Evaluation
  • Effective Negotiation Strategies
  • Letter Writing Strategies
  • Letter to the Stranger
  • How to Prepare for School Meetings
  • School Meeting Survival Strategies

For more info about the Northern Virginia training program, including hotels, directions, and things to do, visit the Woodbridge, Virginia conference page.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/03.11.va.htm

Questions? For information, please call (800) 649-8481 or E-mail: information@autismva.org

For more info about the Syracuse, New York training program, including hotels, directions, and things to do, visit the Syracuse, NY conference page.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/03.11.ny.htm

Questions? For information, please call Mary Harrington (315) 637-4438 or E-mail Marpeth@Juno.com


Wrightslaw: Seminars & Training Programs

To learn when we are scheduled to come to your area, please visit our seminars & schedule page:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/index.htm

Conferences are now being booked for 2004. To learn how you can bring Pete and Pam Wright to your area, please visit our FAQs page at:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/faqs.htm


What People Are Saying . . .

"Wow! I do advocacy training and got lots of great ideas from your presentation. I may even give that test! The bell curve is powerful. I have taught several people how to do this and they are amazed."

"I want to tell you how much I enjoyed your presentation. I brought two new attorneys who joined my staff - it was enormously helpful to them."

"I want to thank you for the most informative seminar I have ever attended. I learned so much! Thank you for answering so many questions - you answered one of my questions and it helped!"


Subscription & Contact Info

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Contact Info

Pete and Pam Wright
Wrightslaw & The Special Ed Advocate
P. O. Box 1008
Deltaville, VA 23043
Website: http://www.wrightslaw.com
Email: newsletter@wrightslaw.com


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