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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Wayne Steedman, Esq.
Bradenton, FL
Saturday, April 18, 2009


Early Bird Registration Extended through April 8, 2009

This Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference with Wayne Steedman, Esq., is being co-sponsored by the Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota, Inc.

The program will be held at:

Braden River High School Auditorium
6545 State Road 70 West
Bradenton, FL 34203

Program Description

This one-day special education law and advocacy 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

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 is on your own
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

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.

 
Registration Fee
On or before
April 1, 2009 - Early Bird extended through April 8, 2009
After
April 8, 2009
Individual
$45
$65
Couple*
$65
$85
Professional
$65
$85
Walk-In
$100 per person

Your registration fee includes two books, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy (retail value $50.00), continental breakfast and snacks.

* Couples will receive one set of books.

Download and share the conference brochure and printable registration form.

Click here to register online.

Cancellations: Received before April 18, 2009 will receive a refund minus a $5.00 processing fee.

Questions? Please contact Mary Smith by bsmith22@tampabay.rr.com, or by telephone at 941-928-0682.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Click here for directions to the Braden River High School Auditorium. Map of the High School Campus.

Parking

Parking is available on-site.

Airports

Sarasota/Bradenton Airport (SRQ) is approximately 17 miles from the conference location.

Accommodations

For a list of local hotels click here.

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