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Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference
with Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright
San Diego, California, February 20, 2007

S O L D   O U T!

Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program with Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being brought to you by The Autism Society of America - San Diego Chapter.

The program will be held at:

The Dana on Mission Bay
1710 West Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109-7899

Program Description

One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on four areas:

  • special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • 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.


8:00-9:00 Registration and Coffee/Juice

Review of Agenda; Pre-test

  • Overview: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-97) and Reauthorized IDEA of 2004
    • Section 1400 – Findings & Purposes
    • Section 1401 – Definitions
    • Section 1412 – “Catchall Statute” – Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), 10 day notice re: private placements, Assessments, ESY


  • Section 1414(d) – Evaluations, Reevaluations, Individualized
    Educational Programs (IEPs)
  • Section 1415 – Procedural Safeguards
  • Review: IDEA
  • Section 504; No Child Left Behind Act
  • Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve
12:00-1:00Lunch (box lunch)
  • Review: IDEA & Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve
  • Crisis! Emergency! Help!
  • Reasons for Conflict; Obstacles to Success
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions


  • Advocacy Strategies
  • Negotiation Skills
  • How to Organize the Child’s File
  • Comprehensive Psychoeducational Evaluation
  • Paper Trails & Letters; “Letter to the Stranger”
  • Preparing for School Meetings; Survival Strategies
4:00-4:30Questions and Answers


Early Bird (Before Jan. 19)
Regular (After Jan. 19)

Your registration includes morning refreshment and a box lunch, along with Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition ($50.00 combined retail value). 

Download brochure.

Click here for Online registration.

NOTE: .6 CEU's have been approved for this conference. The additional $9.00 fee can be paid at the conference. 6 CLE's have been approved for this conference.

Questions? Please contact Conference Co-Chairs Shirley Fett or DeeDee Spangler at info@sd-autism.org or call (619) 298-1981.

Additional Info: This is the first time the Wrights have been to San Diego. It has been 2½ years since they have been in California. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear them speak on these very important topics!

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


The Dana on Mission Bay, 1710 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109-7899

From the North: Take the I-5 South. Take the Sea World Drive exit (Exit 21) to the Right. Stay straight on Sea World Drive for approximately 1.6 miles. Merge onto the Ingraham Street exit to the Right. Stay Right and merge onto the West Mission Bay Drive ramp to the Right. Turn Right after .1 miles into The Dana.

From the South: Take the I-5 North. Merge Right onto the I-8 West toward BEACHES. Take the Sports Arena Blvd/West Misssion Bay Dr. exit to the Right toward West Mission Bay Dr. Stay Right and merge onto the West Mission Bay Drive ramp to the Right. Turn Right after .1 miles into The Dana.

From the East: Take the I-8 West. Take the Sports Arena Blvd/West Misssion Bay Dr. exit to the Right toward West Mission Bay Dr. Stay Right and merge onto the West Mission Bay Drive ramp to the Right. Turn Right after .1 miles into The Dana.

Click here for directions from MapQuest.


Free parking available at the conference site.


San Diego International Airport (SAN)
N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101-1022
Approx. 3.4 miles from conference location


There are many wonderful restaurants to choose from in the area, including:

    • Firefly Restaurant (On-site at the Dana on Mission Bay)
    • Blue Pearl Café, 1770 W. Mission Bay Drive (.02 miles away)
    • Sportsmen’s Seafoods, 1617 Quivira Rd. (.04 miles away)
    • Islandia Coastal Grill & Bar, 1441 Quivira Rd. (.27 miles away)


Hotels in the area include:

*The Dana on Mission Bay (Conference Hotel)
1710 West Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109-7899
(619) 222-6440; (619) 222-4031 (fax)

*A block of rooms has been reserved at a conference rate. Must be booked by January 5, 2007 in order to receive discount. After this date, rooms will be provided on a space available basis. Participants must identify themselves as part of the Autism Society of America-San Diego Chapter at the time of reservations.

Hyatt Regency Islandia
1441 Quivira Rd.
(619) 224-1234
(.06 miles away)
San Diego Paradise Point Resort
1404 Vacation Rd.
(858) 274-4630
(.68 miles away)
Bahia Hotel
998 W. Mission Bay Dr.
(858) 488-0551
(.81 miles away)
Holiday Inn Express
3950 Jupiter St.
(619) 226-8000
(1.2 miles away)

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