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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Peter Wright, Esq.
Altoona, IA (Des Moines Area) , October 16, 2008

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, is being co-sponsored by Iowa Protection and Advocacy Services, Iowa Department of Education, ASK Resource Center, Iowa's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities, The ARC of Iowa, Brain Injury Association of Iowa, Iowa Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, Metro West Kids Learning Center, Center for Disabilities and Development, Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, PC. and SED Parent Group and Middleton Center for Children's Rights.

The program will be held at:

The Meadows Events and Conference Center
One Prairie Meadows Drive

Altoona, Iowa  50009

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 Refreshments
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
Early Bird on or before July 1, 2008
After July 1, but on or before October 12, 2008

Walk-In's
After October 12, 2008

Individual
$75
$85
$95
Per Couple
(family members)
*
$95
$105
$115
Professionals
$170
$180
$190

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.

*Couples will receive 1 set of books.

Download Registration Form and Flyer here.

Click here to register online.

Additional Info: .6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved. The Iowa State Bar has approved this conference for 6 CLE credits.

Questions? Please contact Iowa Protection and Advocacy Services. by phone 800-779-2502, fax 515-278-0539 or email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

The Meadows Events and Conference Center, One Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona, Iowa  50009

Click here for directions from MapQuest.

Parking

Convenient parking is available free of charge.

Airports

Des Moines International Airport
5800 Fleur Dr. # 201
Des Moines, IA 50321
(Approximately 16 miles to conference location)

Accommodations

The sponsors have made arrangements for reduced room rates at:

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
165 Adventureland Drive NW
Altoona, IA 50009
Hotel Reservations: 1-888-HOLIDAY (888-465-4329)
When making your reservations, use the codeword WRIGHTSLAW for a reduced rate.

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

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