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Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference
with Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, October 18, 2007

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Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program with Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being brought to you by Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.

The program will be held at:

Holiday Inn Harrisburg East
4751 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111

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 & Morning Refreshments
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
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

Registration  
Parents FREE
Professionals $25

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). 

Click here to download the brochure.

Questions? Please contact Lori Burrus or Courtney Reimann at (717) 228-0935, (717) 269-7969 or by fax at (717) 228-0939.

Additional Info: .6 CEUs and 6 CLE's have been approved for this training program. ACT 48 credit hours are available through HACC. We will be inviting agencies (such as ARC, Parent Education Network, and Special Kids) to display their services at tables.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Holiday Inn Harrisburg East, 4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111

From Philadelphia and Southern NJ: Take I-76 West (Schuylkill Expressway). Merge onto I-76 W toward VALLEY FORGE (Portions toll). Merge onto I-283 N via EXIT 247 toward HARRISBURG / HERSHEY. Take the PA-441 exit- EXIT 2- toward SWATARA. Turn RIGHT onto LINDLE RD / PA-441. Hotel on right.

From Pittsburgh: Take I-76 E (Portions toll). Merge onto I-283 N via EXIT 247 toward HARRISBURG / HERSHEY. Take the PA-441 exit- EXIT 2- toward SWATARA. Turn RIGHT onto LINDLE RD / PA-441. Hotel on right.

From Scranton: Take I-81 South. Merge onto I-83 S via EXIT 70 on the LEFT toward SOUTH HARRISBURG / YORK. Merge onto I-283 S via EXIT 46A on the LEFT toward AIRPORT / I-76 / PENNA TURNPIKE. Take the PA-441 exit- EXIT 2- toward SWATARA. Turn LEFT onto LINDLE RD / PA-441. Hotel 1/3 mile on right.

From State College: Take Route 322 East. Merge onto I-81 N / US-322 E toward I-83 / HERSHEY / HAZELTON. Merge onto I-83 S via EXIT 70 toward HERSHEY / YORK / PENNA TURNPIKE. Merge onto I-283 S via EXIT 46A on the LEFT toward AIRPORT / I-76 / PENNA TURNPIKE. Take the PA-441 exit- EXIT 2- toward SWATARA. Turn LEFT onto LINDLE RD / PA-441. Hotel 1/3 mile on right.

From Williamsport: Take US-15 South. Merge onto US-11 S / US-15 S toward HARRISBURG. Merge onto US-22 E / US-322 E toward HARRISBURG. Merge onto I-81 N / US-322 E toward I-83 / HERSHEY / HAZELTON. Merge onto I-83 S via EXIT 70 toward HERSHEY / YORK / PENNA TURNPIKE. Merge onto I-283 S via EXIT 46A on the LEFT toward AIRPORT / I-76 / PENNA TURNPIKE. Take the PA-441 exit- EXIT 2- toward SWATARA. Turn LEFT onto LINDLE RD / PA-441. Hotel 1/3 mile on right.

Click here for directions from MapQuest. For directions from additional starting points, click here.

Parking

Free parking available at the conference site. Public transportation is available through taxi service, the Capital Area Transit Authority and Amtrak.

Airports

Harrisburg International Airport
510 Dauphin Drive
Middletown, PA 17057
Approx. 6 miles from conference location

Restaurants

Restaurants in the area include:

Bob Evans
711 Eisenhower Blvd.
Harrisburg, PA 17111
(717) 986-01632

Doc Holiday’s Steakhouse
469 Eisenhower Blvd.
Harrisburg, PA 17111
(717) 564-4448

Capitol Diner
800 Eisenhower Blvd
Harrisburg, PA 17111
(717) 939-2279

Accommodations

Hotels in the area include:

Holiday Inn Harrisburg East (Conference Hotel)
4751 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111
(800) 637-4817

Days Inn
800 Eisenhower Blvd.
Middleton, PA 17057
(717) 939-4147
6 miles from conference location
Fairfield Inn
1018 Briarsdale Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17109
8 miles from conference location
Wyndham
4650 Lindle Rd.
Harrisburg,PA 17111
(717) 564-5511
Across from conference location

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