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Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference
with Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright
Indiana, Pennsylvania, May 9, 2007

Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program with Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being brought to you by The Arc of Indiana County.

The program will be held at:

Rustic Lodge
2199 Oakland Avenue
Indiana, PA 15701

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

Early Bird (Rec'd by April 11)
Regular
Parent/Advocate
$75
$95
Couple
$105
$125
Educators/School Personnel
$90
$110
Educator/School Personnel with .6 CEU's
$100
$120
Attorneys
$90
$110
Attorneys with 6 CLEs
$100
$120

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

NOTE: Walk-in Registration on a space available basis. Please contact The Arc at 724-349-8230 for updated information. Cash and check accepted only.

Click here for online registration

Questions? Please contact either Denise Phillips or Nancy Janicak at:
The Arc of Indiana County
1570 Oakland Avenue
Suite 290, Indiana, PA 15701
Phone/Fax: (724) 349-8230
Email: conference@arcindiana.org
Web: http://www.arcindiana.org

Additional Info: .6 CEUs and 6 CLE's have been approved for this conference.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Rustic Lodge, 2199 Oakland Avenue, Indiana, PA 15701

From the Northwest: Interstate 79 south to Rt. 422 east; Exit at Oakland Avenue (Rt. 286); Turn left on Oakland Avenue; Proceed approximately 1.1 miles to Rustic Lodge on right

From the Northeast: Interstate 80 west to Rt. 220 south; Rt. 220 south to Altoona; Rt. 22 west to Ebensburg; Rt. 422 west to Indiana; Exit at Oakland Avenue (Rt. 286); Turn right on Oakland Avenue; Proceed approximately 1.1 miles to Rustic Lodge on right

From the Southwest: Rt. 22 east to Indiana exit (1 exit east of Blairsville); Rt. 119 north to Indiana; Rt. 422 west; Exit at Oakland Avenue (Rt. 286); Turn right on Oakland Avenue; Proceed approximately 1.1 miles to Rustic Lodge on right

From the Southeast: Turnpike (Interstate 76) west to Bedford exit 146 (old exit 11); Rt. 220 north to Altoona; Rt. 22 west to Ebensburg; Rt. 422 west to Indiana; Exit at Oakland Avenue (Rt. 286); Turn right on Oakland Avenue; Proceed approximately 1.1 miles to Rustic Lodge on right

Click here for directions from MapQuest.

Parking

Free parking available at the conference site.

Airports

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
Pittsburgh, PA
Approx. 70 miles from conference location

Restaurants

Restaurants in the area include:

Eat 'N Park
2301 Rt. 286 South
left on Oakland Ave .3 miles on left

Ponderosa Steak House
1416 Indian Springs Road
left on Oakland Ave .3 miles on right

Ruby Tuesday
1414 Indian Springs Road
left on Oakland Ave .3 miles on right

Accommodations

Hotels in the area include:

Best Western University Inn
1545 Wayne Avenue
Indiana, PA 15701
(724) 349-9620; (888) 299-9620; (724) 349-2620 (fax)
Approximately 4.6 miles from the Rustic Lodge

Comfort Inn
1360 Indian Springs Road
Indiana, PA 15701
(724) 465-7000; (724) 465-7892 (fax)
Approximately .5 miles from the Rustic Lodge

Comfort Inn
1085 Route 22 Highway West
Blairsville, PA 15717
(724) 459-7100; (724) 459-7192 (fax)
Approximately 16 miles from the Rustic Lodge
Holiday Inn
1395 Wayne Avenue & Route 422
Indiana, PA 15701
(724) 463-3561; (724) 463-8006 (fax)
Approximately 2 miles from the Rustic Lodge
Super 8
Route 286 & Route 422
Indiana, PA 15701
(724) 349-4600
Approximately 1 mile from the Rustic Lodge

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