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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Peter Wright, Esq.
Tucson, AZ
Thursday, March 12, 2009

SOLD OUT

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, is being sponsored by Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona.


The program will be held at:

Tucson Convention Center
260 South Church Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701

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 Fees
Postmarked on or before Feb. 1, 2009
After Feb. 1, 2009
Individual
$35
$55
Couple *
$60
$80
Professional
$85
$105

* Couples receive one set of books.

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and break time snacks. Registrants will also receive two books Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition.


Print and distribute the Save the Date flyer.

Print and distribute the brochure.

Click here to register online.

Questions? Please contact
Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona by phone: 520-324-3150 or email ppsa@pilotparents.org.

Credits - .6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved. There is an additional $9.00 fee payable at the conference. Certificates will be available to attorneys for CLE submission.

Additional Information: Limted scholarships available for parents on a first-serve basis. Contact Pilot Parents at 520-324-3150 or toll free at 877-365-7220. No Refunds after March 2, 2009. The conference is expected to sell out, but we will maintain a waiting list in case of cancellations.


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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Click here for directions from MapQuest.

Parking

Free Parking is available at the Tucson Convention Center.

Airports

Tucson International Airport
(Approximately 15 miles from conference location).

Accommodations

For a complete list of local hotels click here.

* Hotel Arizona
181 West Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85701
520-624-8711
(1 block from Tucson Convention Center)

* Hotel group rate available when you mention "Wrightslaw Training".

The Roadway Express
601 West Flores
Tucson, AZ 85705
800-368-6745
*Inn Suites Hotel
475 North Granada Ave.
Tuscon, AZ 85701
520-622-3000

* Hotel group rate available when you mention "Wrightslaw Training".
Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites
1015 North Stone Ave.
Tuscon, AZ 85705
520-622-8871
Marriott Tucson University Park
880 East Second Street
Tuscon, AZ 85719
520-792-4100

La Quinta Inn Tucson Downtown
750 West Starr Pass

Tuscon, AZ 85713
520-624-4455



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