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Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference
with Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright
New Orleans, Louisiana, March 21, 2007

SOLD OUT!

Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program with Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being brought to you by Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans.

The program will be held at:

Hampton Inn & Suites
Elmwood Business Park
5150 Mounes Street
Harahan, LA 70123

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
  • 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

8:00-9:00Registration and Refreshments/Danish
9:00-10:30

Introductions; 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

Review

10:30-10:45Break
10:45-12:00
  • 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 (Sandwich Buffet)
1:00-2:30
  • Review: IDEA & Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve
  • SMART IEPs
  • Crisis! Emergency! Help!
  • Reasons for Conflict; Obstacles to Success
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions

Exam

2:30-2:45Break
2:45-4:00
  • 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

Registration

Your registration includes refreshments and danish, lunch and afternoon snack, along with Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition ($50.00 combined retail value). 

Registration Fees

Participants that may attend for free:
  • Parent of a child with a disability residing in the state of Louisiana, or a
  • Professional that works directly with a child with a disability residing in Louisiana.
FREE
Participants required to pay a $100 registration fee:
  • Parent not residing in Louisiana, and
  • Professionals that don't work directly with a child with a disability.
$100.00

Download the brochure.

Questions? Please contact Mary Jacob or Danielle Ryan at Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans by phone at (504) 888-9111 or (504) 888-0246 (fax).

Additional Info: Space is limited. .6 CEUs and 6 CLEs have been approved for this conference. The additional $9.00 fee for CEUs can be paid at the conference. NO WALK-INS.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Hampton Inn & Suites, Elmwood Business Park, 5150 Mounes Street, Harahan, LA 70123

From the North or West (Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Alexandria): I-10 East to Clearview Parkway South. Clearview Parkway South to Mounes (approximately 3 miles). Turn right on Mounes and hotel will be on left side.

From the East (Slidell, Mandeville, New Orleans): I-10 West to Clearview Parkway South. Clearview Parkway South to Mounes (approximately 3 miles). Turn right on Mounes and hotel will be on left side.

Click here for directions from MapQuest.

Parking

Free parking available at the conference site.

Airports

Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport
900 Airline Drive
Kenner, LA 70062
Approx. 6 miles from conference location

Restaurants

Restaurants in the area (within 1 block of the conference location) include:

Wow Café & Wingery
5539 Mounes Street
Harahan, LA

Applebee’s

1200 South Clearview Parkway

Harahan, LA

Fox & Hound English Pub & Grille

1200 South Clearview Parkway
Harahan, LA

New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Company

1000 South Clearview Parkway

Harahan, LA

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
919 South Clearview Parkway
Harahan, LA

Subway

1134 South Clearview Parkway

Harahan, LA

Accommodations

Hotels in the area include:

***Hampton Inn & Suites (Conference Hotel)
Elmwood Business Park
5150 Mounes Street
Harahan, LA 70123
(504) 733-5646
***Holding a block of rooms at special conference rate of $139 a night. Mention Group Code "FHF" to receive this rate.
Towne Place Suites New Orleans
5424 Citrus Boulevard
Harahan, LA 70123
(504) 818-2400
Located less than 1 mile from conference.
Courtyard New Orleans by Marriott
2 Galleria Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 838-3800
Located 6 miles from conference.
 

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