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Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference
with Peter Wright, Esq.
Tomball (Houston Area), Texas, March 6, 2008

SOLD OUT

Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, is being sponsored by the Northwest Houston Chapter of the Autism Society of America.

The program will be held at:

Graceview Baptist Church
25510 Tomball Parkway
Tomball, TX 77375

Click here to register. - SOLD OUT

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 and Continental Breakfast
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

Registration
Individual
$65.00
NHC-ASA Member
$25.00
* Couple
$80.00
Professional
$80.00
Walk-In
$100.00


NOTE: All registration forms must be received by the NHC-ASA on or before February 29, 2008. - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

Registrants will receive two books Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition. Lunch will be off campus on your own. Coffee/Beverages & a Fruit/Pastry Continential Breakfast will be available at check-in.

* A couple is defined as living in the same household. Couples receive one set of books.

Download and print the registration form.

Print out the form and mail back along with your check or money order. Make checks payable to: NHC-ASA.

Additional Information: .6 Continuing Education Units (CEU's) and 6 Continuing Legal Education (CLE's) credits have been approved for this conference. Resource area to feature local Advocacy Organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to browse during the breaks and at lunch. Scholarships are available. Contact NHC-ASA for details.

Questions? Please contact NorthwestHoustonChapterASA@yahoo.com or call 281-686-0103.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Graceview Baptist Church, 25510 Tomball Parkway (also called S.H. 249), Tomball, TX 77375

Click here for directions from MapQuest.

Parking

Parking is available onsite.

Airports

Bush Intercontinental Airport

Restaurants

There are many wonderful restaurants to choose from in the area.

Accommodations

Holiday Inn - Willowbrook
18818 Tomball Parkway
Houston, TX 77070
Call 281-970-4888
Discount Code: WLB
Discount Rate for WLB Event: $85.95 + tax
Limited rooms - please call early to book your room.

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