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Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference
with Peter Wright, Esq.
Columbia, South Carolina, February 27, 2008

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED / "SOLD OUT"

FREE Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, is being sponsored by PRO-Parents of South Carolina.

The program will be held at:

South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201

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

8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:30

Introductions

  • IDEA History and Overview
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
  • Section 1412 Extended School Year, Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment/Mainstreaming/Inclusion, Private Placements, Statewide Assessments
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores,
    Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent
  • Section 1414(a) Evaluations and Re-Evaluations
  • Section 1414(d) IEPs, Present Levels of Performance, Goals and Objectives
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30
  • Section 1415 Prior Written Notice, Procedural Safeguards Notice, Mediation, Due
    Process Hearing, Appeal, Discipline, Age of Majority
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA
  • NCLB No Child Left Behind
  • Litigation: Special Ed Caselaw
  • S.M.A.R.T. IEPs
  • Special Ed Advocacy for the Parent, Advocate, and Parent’s Attorney
  • Legal, systemic and “school culture” obstacles to compliance with IDEA-04
  • The Parent as the Special Ed Manager and Expert
  • Developing the Master Plan
  • Knowing the Rules of the Game
  • Recognizing and Avoiding the Fatal Obstacles
  • How to Deal with Conflict, a Healthy and Normal event
  • Crisis, Emergency, Help
  • Organization of the Child’s File
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00
  • Tactics and Strategies
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
  • Private Evaluations
  • Paper Trails
  • The Letter to the Stranger
  • 5 Ws + H + E
  • Preparation for Meetings
  • Meeting Strategies
4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers

Registration

Note: For Out-of-State registrants there is a $30.00 registration fee. Make checks payable to Pro-Parents of South Carolina.

This event is free for South Carolina residents, however, registration is necessary.

Click here for the brochure.

Click here for online registration.

Print and mail in registration form.

Deadline to register is February 16, 2008.

Questions? Please call Heather Watson-Kelley at (803) 772-5688 Ext. 103 or (800) 759-4776, Fax (803) 772-5341.

Additional Information: 6 Continuing Legal Education credits (CLE's) have been approved. 6 CEU's are available through the University of South Carolina. Lunch will be on your own - there is a cafe onsite.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201

From Greenville/Spartanburg: Take I-26 to Columbia past the intersection with I-20. Stay in one of the left two lanes and take I-126 toward town. Bear right onto the Huger St. exit. Go 4 stop lights to Gervais St. Turn right onto Gervais, and the museum entrance is a half-block on your right, just before the bridge crossing the river.

From Charlotte: Take I-77 to Columbia. Exit right onto U.S. 277. Follow 277 into town, where it becomes Bull Street. Continue several blocks on Bull Street until you come to Gervais St. (WIS-TV and a service station are on the corner). Turn right onto Gervais and go through 8 traffic lights. After the 8th light (Huger St.), the museum entrance is a half-block on your right, just before the bridge crossing the river.

From Charleston: Take I-26 to Columbia. Exit at I-126. After crossing the bridge, take Huger Street exit ramp on the right. Go 4 traffic lights to Gervais St. Turn right onto Gervais, and the museum entrance is a half-block on your right, just before the bridge crossing the river.

From Florence: Take I-20 west and exit onto I-26 east to Charleston. Stay in one of the left two lanes and take I-126 toward town. Bear right onto the Huger St. exit. Turn right at the fourth light onto Gervais Street and the museum is a half-block ahead on your right.

From Augusta: Take I-20 to Columbia. Exit onto I-26 East. Stay in one of the left two lanes and take I-126 toward town. Bear right onto the Huger St. exit. Go 4 stop lights to Gervais St. Turn right onto Gervais, and the museum entrance is a half-block on your right, just before the bridge crossing the river.

Click here for directions from MapQuest.

Parking

Parking is available onsite.

Airports

Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
Aviation Way West
Columbia, SC 29170
(Approximately 6 miles from conference location)

Restaurants

There are many wonderful restaurants to choose from in the area, including a cafe onsite.

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