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FREE Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs
with Peter Wright, Esq.

Registration is Closed

Palm Beach Gardens, August 5, 2008
Winter Park, August 7, 2008
St. Augustine, August 9, 2008
Chipley (Panhandle), August 12, 2008

Four free Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs featuring Pete Wright are being co-sponsored by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC), and the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

August 5, 2008

Palm Beach Gardens Marriott
4000 RCA Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
August 7, 2008

Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center
1050 W Morse Blvd
Winter Park, FL 32789

August 9, 2008


Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village
500 S Legacy Trail
St. Augustine, FL 32092

August 12, 2008

Panhandle Area Educational Consortium
753 West Blvd
Chipley, FL 32428

Program Description

Each one-day special education law and advocacy training program will 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 programs are not disability specific.

Agenda

8:30-9:00 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-c) Evaluations and Re-Evaluations
12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00-2:30
  • Section 1414(d) IEPs, Present Levels of Performance, Goals and Objectives
  • 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 and Information

There is no cost to attend these workshops.

Five ways to register:

1. Register Online

2. Mail: IDEA Registration, P.O. Box 6838, Tallahassee, FL 32314
Download Registration Form (PDF)

3. Fax: 850-877-7022

4. Phone: Sharon Gray 850-224-6222

5. Email: aplantomeet@earthlink.net

Limited space is available; therefore priority will be given to parents, families and guardians of Florida children.

Registration deadline is July 14, 2008.

Lunch is on your own.

Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition.

Credits: The Florida State Bar approved 7 CLE (continuing legal education) credits for each of the conferences.


Help Get the Word Out!

If you know others who may be interested in attending this FREE conference:

  • Please email this link to friends, family and listserv members in Florida.
  • Please post the information at school and work.

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

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