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Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright
Vienna, Virginia, October 25, 2007

Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program with Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being brought to you by the Autism Society of America, Northern Virginia Chapter.

The program will be held at:

McLean Bible Church
8925 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182

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

8:30-9:00 Registration
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
12:00-1:00 Boxed Lunch
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

Download the flyer.

Click here to register online.

Download exhibitor information.

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

Registration Fees


Parents/Advocates
$95
Couple*
$125
Professional
$110
Student
$50

* Couples receive one set of books.

Other Info: 6 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits and .6 Continuing Education Units (CEU) have been approved for this conference.

Questions? Contact Christine Hoch at 703-495-8444 or email executivedirector@asanv.org.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

McLean Bible Church, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182

From the Beltway (I-495): Take Exit 47A, Route 7 West towards Tysons Corner. After you cross the Dulles Toll Road (267), look for McLean Bible Church on the left. Proceed about 6/10 mile and turn left at the traffic light (Lewinsville Road) into the MBC parking lot.

From the West: Take Leesburg Pike (Rt. 7) to Lewinsville Road & turn right at the light.

From the Dulles Toll Road: Take the Leesburg Pike exit West (Exit 16) & go towards Leesburg. MBC is on the left at the light at Lewinsville Road.

Click here for directions from MapQuest.

Parking

Parking is available for free at the church.

Airports

Dulles International Airport

The airport is approximately 12 miles from the conference site.

Restaurants

There is a cafeteria located inside of the church.

Accommodations

The following hotels are nearby the conference location:

Courtyard Tysons Corner Fairfax
1960-A Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 790-0207
2 miles from conference location
Ritz Carlton Hotel
1700 Tysons Boulevard
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 506-4300
2 miles from conference location
Courtyard Dunn Loring Fairfax
2722 Gallows Road
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 573-9555
2 miles from conference location

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