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Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Training
with Wayne Steedman, Esq. and Pat Howey, Paralegal and Advocate
Austin, Texas, August 3, 2006

Special Education Law & Advocacy Training, a Wrightslaw training program with Wayne Steedman, Esq. and Pat Howey, is being provided by Texas Parent to Parent in collaboration with The Autism Society of Greater Austin (ASGA) & The Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT). This program will precede the 2nd Annual Texas Parent to Parent Conference.

The program will be held at:

St. Edward’s University
Ragsdale Center
3001 South Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

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.

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 includes Wrightslaw IDEA 2004 and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, Second Edition ($35.00 combined retail value), Choice of Lunch (see registration form), Morning Goodies, Certificate of Attendance.

Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration

on or before June 30th

Regular Registration

after June 30th

Parent $50.00 (includes lunch) $75.00 (no lunch)
Couple* $75.00 (includes lunch) $100.00 (no lunch)
Professional $75.00 (includes lunch) $100.00 (no lunch)

*Only 1 set of books for those registering as a couple.

Download the informational flyer and printable registration form here or you can access the online registration form here.

Mail your completed registration form to:

Texas Parent to Parent
3710 Cedar Street, Box 12
Austin, TX 78705

Questions? Please contact Texas Parent to Parent at (866) 896-6001; in Austin, call (512) 458-8600. You may also fax (512) 451-3110 or email Laura@txp2p or Jeanine@txp2p.

Additional Information: .6 CEU’s & 6 MCLE's have been approved for this conference. Please contact Texas Parent to Parent for details. The Wrightslaw Seminar on August 3rd will be followed with a 2-day parent conference by Texas Parent to Parent. More information is available on the TxP2P website at http://www.txp2p.org.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

St. Edward’s University's Ragsdale Center is located at 3001 South Congress Ave. in Austin, Texas.

From I-35: From Southbound I-35 take the Woodward St. exit. From Northbound I-35 exit Ben White and remain on the access road until you reach Woodward St. Head west and in a short distance you will see the campus on the right. There are two entrances from Woodward, the first is Theatre Pass and the second is Andre Drive. Turn right on either entrance and you have arrived.

From Mopac/Ben White: From southbound Mopac exit Loop 360 and stay on it when it changes to Hwy 71 East. Exit So. Congress Ave. Turn left onto Congress and continue past Woodward to the main campus entrance which is on the right at 3001 S. Congress.

Please click here for directions from MapQuest.

Parking

Parking is available for free onsite. Click here for a parking map.

Airports

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
3600 Presidential Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78719
Under 10 miles from the University

Accommodations

The following hotels are near the conference location. 

SpringHill Suite South
4501 South IH 35
Austin, TX 78744
1.888.287.9400

Note: Wed. night rate of $99.00.
Thurs. through Sun. night rate $75.00.
Mention Texas Parent to Parent for
discount rate
.

Austin Airport Marriott South
4415 South IH 35
Austin, TX 78744
512.441.7900
1.800.228.9290

Clarion Inn & Suites
2200 South IH 35
Austin, TX 78704
512.444.0561
1.800.228.5151

Fairfield Inn - Austin South
4525 South IH 35
Austin, TX 78744
1.800.228.2800

Courtyard - Austin South
4533 South IH 35
Austin, TX 78744
512.912.1122
1.800.228.9290

Residence Inn
4537 South IH 35
Austin, TX 78744
512.912.1100
1.800.331.3131

Woodward Hotel and Conference Center
3401 South IH 35
Austin, TX 78741
512.448.2444

Hyatt Regency on Town Lake
208 Barton Springs
Austin, TX 78704
512.480.2037
1.800.233.1234

Hampton Inn
4141 Governor's Row
Austin, TX 78744
512.442.4040
1.800.426.7866

Homewood Suites Hotel
4143 Governor's Row
Austin, TX 78744
512.445.5050
1.800.225.5466

La Quinta Inns
1603 East Oltorf Blvd.
Austin, TX 78741
512.447.6661
1.800.531.5900

Hawthorne Suites Airport
7800 E. Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78744
512.247.6166

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