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Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Wayne Steedman, Esq. and Pat Howey, Advocate
Cortland, New York, June 22, 2007

Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program with Wayne Steedman, Esq., and Pat Howey, is being brought to you by Resources & Advocacy for Inclusion.

The program will be held at:

State University College at Cortland (SUNY Cortland)
Corey Union Building, Function Room (2nd floor)
Graham Ave.
Cortland, NY 13045 Directions & Map

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 & Breakfast
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
10:30-10:45Break
10:45-12:00

IDEA 2004 (cont'd)

  • Evaluations
  • Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs)
  • Procedural Safeguards
  • Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve
12:00-1:00Lunch
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
4:00-4:30Questions and Answers

Registration

Registration
Parent
$75
Couple *
$125
Professional
$125

* 1 set of books per couple. A couple is defined as both people living at the same address.

Click here to download the brochure.

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

Online Registration: Credit card payments can be made by using PayPal's E-mail payment option. Please e-mail Stasia Weinstein and include your name, address, telephone number and your registration preference. You will receive an invoice that will include a payment link.

Other Info: .6 CEU's have been approved for this conference. Free registration available for Cortland County, NY parents of children eligible for OMRDD services. Please call 607-849-4444 for details.

Questions? Contact Stasia Weinstein by email or call 607-849-4444.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

State University College at Cortland (SUNY Cortland), Corey Union Building, Function Room (2nd floor), Graham Ave., Cortland, NY 13045

From Albany and points east: Take Interstate 90 (New York State Thruway) west to Exit 34-A. Pick up Interstate 481 south and take to Interstate 81 south. Take Interstate 81 south to Cortland Exit 11. Turn right off the exit ramp onto Clinton Avenue Extension. At the second traffic light take a right on Clinton Avenue/Route 13. Drive approximately one mile, get into the center lane and make a left-hand turn at the light onto Church Street. From Church Street make a right-hand turn onto West Court Street. Take West Court Street to the top of the hill and make a left-hand turn onto Graham Avenue. At the first stop sign make a right-hand turn onto Prospect Terrace, which eventually turns into Neubig Road as you drive down the hill. Corey Union is located at the bottom of the hill on the right-hand side. Parking can be found on the street or in various lots near the building.

From Buffalo and points west: Take Interstate 90 (New York State Thruway) east to Exit 36 at Syracuse. Pick up Interstate 81 south and take to Cortland Exit 11. Turn right off the exit ramp onto Clinton Avenue Extension. At the second traffic light take a right on Clinton Avenue/Route 13. Drive approximately one mile, get into the center lane and make a left-hand turn at the light onto Church Street. From Church Street make a right-hand turn onto West Court Street. Take West Court Street to the top of the hill and make a left-hand turn onto Graham Avenue. At the first stop sign make a right-hand turn onto Prospect Terrace, which eventually turns into Neubig Road as you drive down the hill. Corey Union is located at the bottom of the hill on the right-hand side. Parking can be found on the street or in various lots near the building.

From Ithaca and points southwest: Take Route 13 north to Route 281 north (in Cortland), which begins at approximately the A&W Restaurant (on left-hand side). Stay straight on Route 281 instead of bearing right on Route 13 when approaching the A&W. Take Route 281 north for approximately one and a half miles to Route 222/Groton Avenue (first light after Tops Supermarket). Take a right-hand turn onto Route 222/Groton Avenue. Proceed approximately one and a half miles to the second traffic light. Take a right-hand turn onto Graham Avenue. At the first stop sign make a right-hand turn onto Prospect Terrace, which eventually turns into Neubig Road as you drive down the hill. Corey Union is located at the bottom of the hill on the right-hand side. Parking can be found on the street or in various lots near the building.

Click here for directions from MapQuest.

Parking

Parking information coming soon.

Airports

Syracuse Hancock International Airport
1000 Colonel Eileen Collins Boulevard
Syracuse, NY 13212

The airport is approximately 40 miles from the conference site.

Accommodations

Hotels near the conference location include:

Days Inn
3775 Us 11 Cortland, NY 13045
607-753-7594

Comfort Inn
2 Locust Ave
Cortland, NY 13045
607-753-7721
Econo Lodge
10 Church Street
Cortland, NY 13045
607-756-2856
Quality Inn
188 Cliinton Ave. Ext.
Cortland, NY 13045
607-756-5622
Holiday Inn
2 River Street
Cortland, NY 13045
607-756-4431

Hampton Inn
26 River Street
Cortland, NY 13045
607-662-0007

Country Inn & Suites
3707 Rt 281
Cortland, NY 13045
607-753-8300

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