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Special Education Law and Advocacy Boot Camp
Fort Worth, Texas on March 3-4, 2006

Will Rogers Memorial CenterThe Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Boot Camp is hosted by Community Solutions of Fort Worth.

Event sponsors include The Arc of Dallas, The Arc of Greater Tarrant County, Education Service Center Region XI, and Mental Health Mental Retardation of Tarrant County.

The program will be held at:

Will Rogers Memorial Center
Amon G. Carter Exhibits Hall - Roundup Inn
3401 W. Lancaster
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Registration
Your registration fee includes two books, Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, second edition (retail value: $35); Continental breakfast and lunch on both days; and a reception at the end of the first day on Friday, March 3, 2006.

Registration (after February 3)
Families: $150 per person
School Professionals: $175 per person
Service Providers: $175 per person

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Limited parent stipends are available.

Credits
CEUs: 1.2 unit hours

CLEs: 11.50 hours approved

To register, click here or call 817-871-7392.

Note: The Will Rogers Memorial Center is a non-smoking facility and is handicap accessible.

Program Description

What you don't know about IDEA 2004 CAN hurt you! You will learn about changes in IDEA 2004 including:

* New requirements for initial evaluations, reevaluations &
   parental consent
* New requirements for IEPs, IEP goals, IEP teams, IEP meetings
* New eligibility issues for students with specific learning disabilities
* New procedural requirements and timelines, including the
“ Due Process Complaint Notice” and “Resolution (IEP) Session.”

You will learn about requirements in No Child Left Behind including:

* New requirements about research-based reading instruction
   and testing
* New requirements for highly qualified teachers and
   paraprofessionals
* New parental rights and options
* High stakes testing

You will also also learn how to:

* Use tests and measurements to measure educational progress
* Write SMART IEPs
* Use tactics and strategies for effective advocacy

To register, click here or call 817-871-7392.

What is a Wrightslaw Boot Camp really like? Read The Wright Stuff: Parents Earn Their Legalese Stripes at the Wrightslaw Boot Camp by Ela Schwartz and published in Spectrum magazine (Spring 2005).

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.

Questions? Please contact Suzanne Metzgar by phone at 817-577-1701 or by email at RMetSSN@aol.com
or Lupe Shanklin by phone at 817-871-6648 or by email at Lupe.Shanklin@fortworthgov.org

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

The Will Rogers Memorial Center (WRMC) is an 85-acre public entertainment, sports and livestock complex
in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District. The Boot Camp will be held at the Round Up Inn, a banquet and meeting hall in The Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Building. Free parking will be available.

Directions

From the North: Take I-35W south to downtown Fort Worth. Exit I-30 West to Abilene. Travel approximately three miles past downtown Fort Worth to the Montgomery Street Exit (Exit 11). Turn north (right) on Montgomery Street.

From DFW Airport: Take SH 121 (Airport Freeway). Exit I-35W South to downtown Fort Worth. Exit I-30 West to Abilene. Travel approximately three miles past downtown Fort Worth to the Montgomery Street Exit (Exit 11). Turn north (right) on Montgomery.

From the South: Take I-35W north to downtown Fort Worth. Exit I-30 West to Abilene. Travel approximately three miles past downtown Fort Worth to the Montgomery Street Exit (Exit 11). Turn north (right) on Montgomery Street.

From the East: Take I-30 West approximately three miles past downtown Fort Worth to the Montgomery Street Exit (Exit 11) - Turn north (right) on Montgomery Street.

From the West: Take I-30 East to the Montgomery Street Exit (Exit 11) - Turn north (left) on Montgomery Street.

Click here for directions from MapQuest

Accommodations

There are many hotels and motels within two miles of the conference location at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. If you will be visiting Fort Worth, this list of accommodations and their distance from the conference location may be helpful.

  • Clayton House-1551 S. University Dr., Fort Worth, Texas 76107. (1.78 miles)
    Phone: 817-336-9823
  • Courtyard by Marriott University, 3150 Riverfront Dr., Fort Worth, Texas 76107. (2.04 miles) Phone: 817-335-1300, 800-321-2211
  • Fairfield Inn University, 1505 S. University Dr., Fort Worth, Texas 76107. (1.75 miles)
    Phone: 817-335-2000, 800-228-2800
  • Homestead Studio Suites, 1601 River Run, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. (2 miles)
    Phone: 817-338-4808, 888-STAYHSD
  • Residence Inn University, 1701 S. University Dr., Fort Worth, Texas 76107. (1.93 miles)
    Phone: 817-870-1011, 800-331-3131
  • Residence Inn-Marriott, Cultural District, 2500 Museum Way, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. (0.87 miles) Phone: 817-885-8250, 800-321-2211
  • SpringHill Suites Fort Worth University, 3250 Lovell Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. (1.7 miles) Phone: 817-878-2554, 888-287-9400

Nearby Restaurants

The Fort Worth area has restaurants to meet every taste and budget. Here is a short list of restaurants, and information about their distance from the conference location.

Blue Bonnet Bakery and Café
(1.14 miles)
3905 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Phone: 817-731-4233

Michael's Restaurant and Ancho Chile Bar
(0.50 miles)
3412 W. Seventh Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Phone: 817-877-3413
Escargot
(0.51 miles)
3427 W. Seventh Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Phone: 817-336-3090

Milano's Pizza and Pasta
(0.50 miles)
3416 W. Seventh Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Phone: 817-332-5226
Four Star Coffee Bar
(0.42 miles)
3324 West Seventh Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Phone: 817-336-5555

Ol' South Pancake House
( 1.76 miles)
1509 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Phone: 817-336-0311

Kincaid's Grocery/Market Hamburgers
(2.26 miles)
4901 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Phone: 817-732-2881

Sardine's Ristorante Italiano
(.73 miles)
509 University
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Phone: 817-332-9937

 

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