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Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Pete Wright, Esq.
Brewer, Maine, March 8, 2007

Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program with Peter Wright, is being brought to you by Maine Parent Federation.

The program will be held at:

Jeff’s Catering Banquet and Convention Center
East West Industrial Park
15 Littlefield Way
Brewer, Maine 04412

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
9:00-10:30Introductions & 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
10:30-10:45Break
10:45-12:00IDEA 2004 (cont'd): Evaluations; Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs); Procedural Safeguards; Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve
12:00-1:00Lunch
1:00-2:30Review; 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

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

Registration

Download the registration form and informational flyer.

Your registration includes continental breakfast, 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

Registration Fees

Parent/Primary Caregiver$50.00
Additional Family Member (1/2 price)*$25.00
Professional$95.00
Additional Professional from Same Agency$85.00

Other Info: 6 CLE's and 6 CEU's have been approved for this conference. An additional $5.00 fee applies to CEU's, payable at the conference. MPF members can subtract $5.00 from their registration fee.

Questions? Contact Maine Parent Federation and ask for Penny Steeves at (207) 623-2144 or (800) 870-7746 (Maine Only).

*One set of books per family.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Jeff’s Catering Banquet and Convention Center, East West Industrial Park, 15 Littlefield Way, Brewer, ME 04412

From 95 North or South: Take Exit 182-A onto 395 East. Travel to Exit #5 (Parkway South) and turn left at end of exit. Go 1/10 of a mile over railroad tracks, and take the very next right into the East/West Industrial Park. Travel approximately 100 yards and turn left onto Coffin Avenue. Jeff's Catering is located at 15 Littlefield Way.

From Ellsworth: Take 395 West. Travel to Exit #5 (Parkway South) and turn left at end of exit. Go 1/10 of a mile over railroad tracks and take the very next right into the East/West Industrial Park. Travel approximately 100 yards and turn left onto Coffin Avenue. Jeff's Catering is located at 15 Littlefield Way.

Click here for directions from MapQuest. Click here to download a map image.

Parking

Parking is available on site at no charge. There is a new entrance to the parking lot off Robertson Boulevard.

Airports

Bangor International Airport (BGR)
287 Godfrey Boulevard
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 992-4600; (866) 359-2264

The airport is approximately 6.5 miles from the conference site.

Restaurants

Download a list of over two dozen area restaurants here.

Accommodations

When making your reservations be sure to mention our conference.

Bangor Motor Inn
701 Hogan Rd.
Bangor, ME
(207) 947-0355
9 miles from conference location
Best Western White House Inn
155 Littlefield Ave.
Bangor, ME
(207) 862-3737
6.5 miles from conference location
Comfort Inn Bangor
750 Hogan Road
Bangor, ME
(207) 942-7899
9 miles from conference location
Days Inn Bangor
250 Odlin Road
Bangor, ME
Econo Lodge Bangor
327 Odlin Road
Bangor, ME
(207) 945-0111
Fairfield Inn Bangor
300 Odlin Road
Bangor, ME
(207) 990-0001
Holiday Inn Bangor
404 Odlin Road
Bangor, ME
(207) 947-0101
Howard Johnson Bangor
336 Odlin Road
Bangor, ME
(207) 942-5251
Motel 6 Bangor
1100 Hammond St
Bangor, ME
(207) 947-6921
Ramada Inn Bangor
357 Odlin Road
Bangor, ME
(207) 947-6961
Super 8 Bangor Motel
462 Odlin Road
Bangor, ME
(207) 945-5681

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