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Wrightslaw From Emotions to Advocacy Training
with Pat Howey, Paralegal and Advocate
Savannah, Georgia, October 24, 2008

From Emotions to Advocacy, a Wrightslaw training program with Pat Howey, is being sponsored by The Matthew Reardon Center.

The program will be held at:

The Armstrong Center for Professional and Continuing Education
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419

Program Description

In From Emotions to Advocacy training programs (one day, 6 hours), parent advocate Pat Howey teaches you how to take an active role in managing your child's special education, the gentle art of disagreeing, and how to maintain healthy working relationships with the school.

You will learn:

  • how to assess your child's strengths and needs
  • how to prepare a Parent Report for the IEP team
  • how to build healthy working relationships with school personnel
  • how to document information that may prevent or resolve disputes
  • how to participate as an equal member of your child's IEP team

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.


8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00-10:30 a.m. Overview of agenda
  • Review of Applicable Sections of Reauthorized IDEA 2004
  • Preparing for IEP Team Meetings–The Parent Report
  • Taming the Paper Trail
  • Present Levels of Academic Achievement Strengths, Challenges, Needs Goals/Benchmarks
  • Words of Advice to Parents and Schools
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-12:00 p.m. Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-2:30 p.m. Playing the IEP Game
  • Understanding the Power Structure
  • The Art of Negotiation
  • When the answer is “No”
  • The Rule of Threes
  • The Delphi Techniques
2:30-2:45 p.m.


2:45-4:00 p.m.

The Gentle Art of Disagreeing

  • The Four Parent Rights
  • Why IEP Teams Disagree
  • Why Disagreement is Healthy
  • Both Sides Can be Right at the Same Time
  • The Written Opinion – What, Who, Why, When, & How
4:00-4:30 p.m. Questions and Answers


Your registration includes a boxed lunch, along with Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition ($19.95 retail value). 

Online registration will be available soon.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer McGee, Advocacy/Education Specialist by phone 912-355-9098, fax 912-3522460 or email jennifermcgee4@comcast.net.

Additional Information: CEU's (continuing education units) and CLE's (continuing legal education) credits are pending.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Please click here for directions from MapQuest.


Free parking is available.


Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
400 Airways Avenue
Savannah GA 31408

Approximately 20 miles from conference location.


For a list of local hotels click here.


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

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