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Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy
with Pat Howey, Paralegal and Advocate
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, June 7, 2006

Ramada Plaza Hotel On-The-SquareWrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, a Wrightslaw training program with Pat Howey, is being sponsored by S.A.F.E. (Supporting Autism and Families Everywhere).

The program will be held at:

Ramada Inn

20 Public Square

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Program Description

In From Emotions to Advocacy training programs (one day, 6 hours), parent 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 build healthy working relationships with school personnel
  • how 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.

Download the information and registration form here.

Agenda

8:00-9:00Registration
9:00-10:30Overview of agenda
  • Review of Applicable Sections of Reauthorized IDEA 2004
  • Preparing for IEP Team Meetings–The Parent Report
  • Taming the Paper Trial
  • Present Levels of Academic Achievement Strengths, Challenges, Needs Goals/Benchmarks
  • Words of Advice to Parents and Schools
10:30-10:45Break
10:45-12:00Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve
12:00-1:00Lunch (included)
1:00-2:30Playing the IEP
  • Understanding the Power Structure
  • The Art of Negotiation
  • When the answer is “No”
  • The Rule of Threes
  • The Delphi Techniques
2:30-2:45

Break

2:45-4:00The Gentle Art of Disagreeing
4:00-4:30Questions and Answers

Registration

Your registration includes Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition ($19.95 retail value) and lunch. 

Registration
Fee
Individual/Parent/Professional$25.00

Download the information and registration form here.

CLEs pending. CEUs are available for an additional $9.00. Make checks for CEUs payable to: UMKC School of Education

Mail your completed registration form to:

S.A.F.E.
237 Old River Road
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Questions? Please contact Renee Laiuvara at (570)822-7259, (877) 510-SAFE or rlaiuvara@autismsafe.org.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

The Ramada Inn, 20 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

From North
Take I-81 South to Exit 168. At the end of the exit, take a left turn onto Highland Park Blvd. Follow Highland Park Blvd. to Coal Street and continue until you can no longer go straight. Take a left turn on to Wilkes Barre Blvd. and then the first right onto East Market Street; follow this road to Public Square. This is the center of town and the hotel will be a block away and on your right. The entrance to the hotel parking lot is right behind the hotel on North Main Street.

South
Take I-81 North to Exit 168. At the end of the exit, take a left turn onto Highland Park Blvd. Follow Highland Park Blvd. to Coal Street and continue until you can no longer go straight. Take a left turn onto Wilkes Barre Blvd. and then the first right onto East Market Street; follow this road to Public Square. This is the center of town and the hotel will be a block away and on your right. The entrance to the hotel parking lot is right behind the hotel on North Main Street.

East
Take I-80 West to Exit 277 (in Pennsylvania). This is the PA Turnpike Northeast Extension (Rt. 476 North) and you will need to follow it to Exit 105. After exiting the toll booth, make a left hand turn onto 115 North towards Wilkes Barre. Follow it to 309 North and take Exit 2 (Wilkes Barre Center City). Make a left turn at the bottom of the exit ramp onto Wilkes Barre Blvd. At the fifth traffic light, make a right hand turn onto East Market Street and follow it to Public Square. This is the center of town and the hotel will be a block away and on your right. The entrance to the hotel parking lot is right behind the hotel on North Main Street.

West
Take I-80 East to I-81 North. Take I-81 North to Exit 168 At the end of the exit, take a left turn onto Highland Park Blvd. Follow Highland Park Blvd. to Coal Street and continue until you can no longer go straight. Take a left turn onto Wilkes Barre Blvd. and then the first right onto East Market Street; follow this road to Public Square. This is the center of town and the hotel will be a block away and on your right. The entrance to the hotel parking lot is right behind the hotel on North Main Street.

Click here for directions to the Ramada Inn. Click here for directions from MapQuest.

Parking

Parking is available for free at the Ramada Inn.

Airports

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport
Approximately 12 miles from the Ramada Inn
100 Terminal Road
Avoca, PA 18641
Phone: 1-877-2-FLYAVP
Fax: 570-602-2010
Email: airport@epix.net
Web: http://www.flyavp.com/2003/directions.htm

Restaurants

There are two restaurants inside of the Ramada Inn.  There are also nearly a dozen other restaurants on the same "strip" as the hotel or on the way to the hotel on Route 315.  They include: TGI Fridays, Burger King, Mark II, Friendly’s, Dough Company, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Leggio’s and Long John Silver’s

Accommodations

The following hotels offer a special rate to Wrightslaw conference registrants. Be sure to mention that you are attending the Wrightslaw program when you make your registration.

Ramada Inn

Conference Hotel

20 Public Square

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Phone: (570) 824-7100
Fax: (570) 823-6699

Best Western Genetti Hotel

1 block away from Conference Hotel

77 East Market Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Phone: (800)833-6152 or

(570) 823-6152

Days Inn

4 miles from Conference Hotel
760 Kidder Street
Wilkes-Barre, Pa 18702

Phone: (570) 826-0111

 

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