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Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference
with Peter Wright, Esq.
Livonia, (Detroit Area), MI, April 23, 2008

* * * SOLD OUT * * *

Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, is being sponsored by The Great Expectations Speech, Sensory Integration and Learning Center, and The Liberty Kids - A Michigan Children's Charity.

The program will be held at:

Laurel Manor Banquet & Conference Center
39000 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150

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

7:30-9:00 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
Registration Fees
Single Ticket Package
$67.28
* Couples Package
$101.70

NOTE: All package prices above include sales tax.

* Couples receive one set of books.

NOTE:
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Registrants will also receive two books, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition.

Download the flyers.

Register online.

Download the printable registration form.

Questions? Please call Great Expectations Speech, Sensory Integration and Learning Center at
(734) 762-0332 or email Steve Bockmann or Staci Bockmann.

Additional Information: .6 CEU's have been approved for this conference. CEU's are available at the conference for an additional fee of $20.00.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Laurel Manor Banquet & Conference Center, 31580 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI 48150.


From Detroit: I-96 West to Newburgh Rd. Exit (173A) Follow Schoolcraft service drive for approximately 3/4 mile. Laurel Manor is on the right hand side.

From Ann Arbor: M-14 East ( turns into I-96 East) to Newburgh / Levan Road Exit (173) immediately after exiting the freeway, there is an overpass / 96 West, make a left hand turn to cross over the freeway, turn left onto the Schoolcraft Rd. service drive heading West (stay in the right hand lane, not to enter back onto the freeway) Follow for approximately 1/2 mile. Laurel Manor is on the right hand side.

From Metro Airport: ( approx.20 min.) I-94 West to I-275 North to I-96 East (Detroit) To Newburgh / Levan Road Exit (173) immediately after exiting the freeway, there is an Overpass / 96 West, make a left hand turn to cross over the freeway, turn left onto the Schoolcraft Rd. service drive heading West (remain in the right hand lane, not to enter back onto the freeway) Follow for approximately ½ mile. Laurel Manor is on the right hand side.

From Troy: Either Southfield Rd or Telegraph heading South to I-96 West. Exit at Newburgh Rd (173 A) Follow Schoolcraft service drive for approx. 3/4 mile Laurel Manor is on the right hand side.

From: Grand Rapids/ LansingI-96 East to 275 South to 1-96 East (Detroit) to Newburgh / Levan Road immediately after exiting the freeway there is an overpass / 96 West, make a left hand turn to cross over freeway, turn left onto the the Schoolcraft service drive heading West. Follow for approx. 1/2 mile. Laurel Manor is on the right hand side.

From: Southfield: I-696 West to I-275 South to I-96 East (Detroit) To Newburgh / Levan Road Exit (173) immediately after exiting the freeway, there is an overpass / 96 West, make a left hand turn to cross over the freeway, turn left onto the Schoolcraft Rd. service drive heading West (remain in the right hand lane, not to enter back onto the freeway) Follow for approximately ½ mile. Laurel Manor is on the right hand side.

Map at maps.google.com

Parking

Convenient parking is available free.

Airports

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
William Rogell Drive
Detroit, MI 48242

Restaurants

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

Accommodations

There are numerous hotels in the area. For a complete list, click here.

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