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Wrightslaw From Emotions to Advocacy Conference
with Pat Howey

Los Angeles, CA

Friday, September 7, 2018

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Wrightslaw From Emotions to Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pat Howey, is being sponsored by the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Network of Southern California and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Los Angeles Office.

The program will be held at:

California Endowment Conference Center
Yosemite Hall
1000 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Program Description

In From Emotions to Advocacy training programs (one day, 6 hours), advocate Pat Howey teaches you how to take an active role in managing your child's special education, the gentle art of disagreeing, and how to maintain healthy working relationships with the school.

You will learn:

  • how to assess your child's strengths and needs
  • how to prepare a Parent Report for the IEP Team
  • how to build healthy working relationships with school personnel
  • how to document information that may prevent or resolve disputes
  • how to participate as an equal member of your child's IEP Team

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.


8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30-10:00 a.m. Introductions
  • Section 1: Getting Started
  • Creating the Advocate's IEP, the Master Plan
  • Taming the Paper Trail
  • Goals and Strategies for the Advocate
  • The Parent as Project Manager
  • Advocacy 101: Learning the Rules of the Game
10:00-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-11:30 p.m.
  • Obstacles to Success, Resolving Parent/School
  • Conflicts, Emergency, Crisis, Help
  • Evaluations and Your Child's Disability
  • Tests and Measurements 101
11:30-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-2:00 p.m.
  • The Bell Curve
  • Charting Test Scores
  • Smart IEPs
  • Overview of IDEA - Findings, Purposes and Definitions
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • ESSA
2:00-2:15 p.m.


2:15-3:30 p.m.
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
  • Taming the Paper Trail - Documenting and Writing Letters and using the "Letter to a Stranger" Strategy
  • IEP Meeting Strategies and Common Problems
  • Putting it all together
3:30-4:00 p.m. Questions and Answers


Registration Fee *Early Bird
On or Before
June 30, 2018

Individual $115 $135
Professional $135 $160

* Early Bird registrants will receive emailed pdf copies of Wrightslaw Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition which retail for $29.95.

Click here to register online.

Click here to download and share the Save-the-Date flyer.

Download and share the conference flyer and registration form.

Your registration fee includes Continental breakfast, boxed lunch, cookies, soft drinks, tea and coffee all day,Vendor Fair, a deluxe Wrightslaw highlighter pen, and a copy of Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition.

Vendor Information: $80 for Non-Profit and $100 for For Profit. Registration includes full table, lunches, drinks, snacks for two people and inclusion in the conference printed materials. Download the vendor registration form.

Credits: 0.6 CEUs (continuing education units) are pending for this conference. The units are provided by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education. They provide credit for practicing teachers and CEU's for a variety of professionals who need to document their professional development hours. There is an additional $24 fee. Payment is due after the conference through the UMKC online portal.

Special Accommodations: A Spanish language translator will be on the premises. Please make requests for all reasonable disability related accommodations by August 17, 2018. All special food requests must be made by September 3, 2018.

Limited parent scholarships are available. Click here for additional information.

Refund Policy: Cancellations or refund requests received by August 31, 2018 will be honored less $30 and, thereafter, on a case by case basis, except in the case of grants. In lieu of a refund, substitutions are permitted with advance notice.

Child Care: Childcare will not be provided.

Contact Annette Kunzman (FASD Network of Southern California) by email annettek |at| fasdsoutherncalifornia.org or by telephone 310-717-9763. Contact Julie Eby-McKenzie (SCDD) by email Julie.Eby-McKenzie |at| scdd.ca.org or by telephone 818-543-4631.

Wrightslaw programs often fill up early - don't miss out!

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations


Click here for directions to the California Endowment Conference Center. For addtional information, please click here.


Parking is free and plentiful. For additional information about the California Endowment Conference Center, please click here.

Hotel Accommodations

Click here for a list of local hotels.


Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
(approximately 45 minutes to venue)

Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR)
(approximately 30 minutes to venue)

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