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Special Education Law and Advocacy Training
Springfield, Massachusetts on May 11, 2006

A few seats are left - don't miss out! Register today!

The Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Avocacy Training program is hosted by ACCESS Solutions for Life, Inc. and Amalgamating Effect, Inc.

The program will be held at:Holiday Inn, Springfield, MA

Holiday Inn Springfield
711 Dwight Street
Springfield, MA 01104
413-781-0900

Program Description

This full day special education law and advocacy program will focus on four areas:

  • Special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • Tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • SMART IEPs
  • Introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

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.

Information & Registration Form
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Agenda

8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:30 Introductions & Review Agenda.
Overview: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004); Findings and Purposes; Definitions; "Catchall Statute" - Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), 10-day Notice, State Assessments, Accommodations
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 IDEA 2004 (cont'd): Evaluations; Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs); Procedural Safeguards; Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Review; Section 504; No Child Left Behind Act; Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve (review); SMART IEPs; Advocacy Strategies - Rule of Adverse Assumptions & Crisis Management
2:30-2:45

Break

2:45-4:00 Advocacy Strategies (cont'd): Conflict; Obstacles to Effective Advocacy; Negotiating; Organizing the File; Comprehensive Psychoeducational Evaluation; Letters & Paper Trails; School Meetings: Preparation & Survival Strategies
4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers

Registration

Your registration fee includes two books, Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, second edition (retail value: $35.), continental breakfast, lunch, and free parking.

Early Registration (by April 1, 2006)
Individuals (parents) - $95 per person
Professionals Seeking CEU's - $110 per person
Husband and Wife couple (one set of books, two lunches) - $150

Late Registration (after April 1, 2006)
Parents / Individuals - $115 per person
Professionals Seeking CEU's - $130 per person
Husband and Wife couple (one set of books, two lunches) - $170

Space is limited, please register early!

Click for Information and Registration Form

Credits: .6 CEUs have been approved for this conference.

Questions? Please contact Terri Thompson at 413-755-6164 or by email at acessforlife@yahoo.com

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Airport

Closest major airport - Bradley (BDL) - (18 miles)
Cost of airport shuttle/taxi (one way) - 45.00 (USD)

Directions

Boston (Logan International Airport) - Take Summer Tunnel to Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) West to exit 6. Take Route 291 West to exit 2A onto Chestnut Street. The Holiday Inn Springfield is on your right.

Maine, New Hampshire East Coast - Take Interstate 95 South to 495 South to 290 West to Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) West. Take Exit 6 off MA Pike to Route 291 West on exit 2A onto Chestnut Street. The Holiday Inn Springfield is on your right.

Albany, NY -
Take New York Thruway to Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) East to exit 4 to Interstate 91 South Take exit 8 onto Route 291 East. Take exit 2A onto Chestnut Street. The Holiday Inn Springfield is on your right.

Bradley International Airport Take Route 20 East (Ella Grasso Turnpike) to Interstate 91 North to Springfield . Take exit 8 onto Route 291 East. Take first exit 2B onto Dwight Street. At the end of the exit take a right and the left at the first light. The Holiday Inn Springfield is on your left.
OR
Take Route 75 North through Windsor Locks and Suffield, CT into Agawam, MA to Route 57 East. Follow signs to Interstate 91 North. Follow 91 North to exit 8 onto Route 291 East. Take first exit 2B onto Dwight Street. At the end of the exit take a right and then a left at the first light. The Holiday Inn Springfield is on your left.

New York City through Hartford, CT - Take Interstate 95 North to Interstate 91 North through Hartford to Springfield, MA Take exit 8 in Massachusetts off Interstate 91 onto Route 291 East. Take the first exit (2B) onto Dwight Street. At the end of the exit take a right and then a left at the first light. The Holiday Inn Springfield is on your left.

Canada, Vermont, Western New Hampshire - Take Interstate 91 South towards Springfield, MA. Take exit 8 onto Route 291 east. Take exit 2A onto Chestnut Street. The Holiday Inn Springfield is on your right.

Personal directions from MapQuest

Accommodations

Holiday Inn Springfield
711 Dwight Street
Springfield, MA 01104
413-781-0900

Springfield Marriott (approximately 5 - 10 blocks away from the conference site)
2 Boland Way
Springfield, MA 01105
413-781-7111

Sheraton Springfield (5 - 10 blocks from the conference site)
One Monarch Place
Springfield,
MA 01144
413- 781-1010

Nearby Restaurants

Zaffino's Restaurant (in the Holiday Inn Springfield)
Serves breakfast and dinner
Located on the 12th floor, overlooking the Pioneer Valley and the Connecticut River. American cuisine.

Hooter's
Serves lunch and dinner
Location: Across the street
National chain, moderately priced.

Double Door
Serves lunch and dinner
Location: Across the street
Mexican Restaurant, moderately priced.

Student Prince
Serves lunch and dinner
Location: 5 Blocks away
German restaurant. A favorite of local clientele.

NOTE: Springfield's entertainment district only 3 blocks away - over 20 restaurants and pubs!

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