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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Pete Wright, Esq.

New York City

Dobbs Ferry, NY
Thursday, July 30, 2009

SOLD OUT

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, is being sponsored by The Children's Hearing Institute.


The program will be held a half hour North of NYC at:

Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry Campus
Rotunda Hall
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

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 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
Received on or before June 21, 2009
After June 21, 2009
Individual
$75
$100
Couple *
$100
$125
Professional (includes credits)
$125
$150
Attorney (newly appointed)**
$85
$125

* Couples receive one set of books.

** Attorney student discount request form. Registration must include proof of Graduation from Law School or passing of the NYS Bar exam after July 30, 2007.

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

Print and distribute the conference flyer.

Download the printable registration form.

Click here to register online - SOLD OUT

Credits - The Children's Hearing Institute (CHI) is an approved provider for ASHA (American Speech & Hearing) CEUs and AAA (American Academy of Audiology) CEUs. CLE's (continuing legal credits) are approved (4.0 credit hours for Areas of Professional Practice and 3.0 credit hours for Skills). CEUs for a variety of professionals who need to document their professional development hours will also be provided.

Questions?
Contact Melissa A. Willis, Director of Educational Programming, by mailing, The Children's Hearing Institute (CHI), 380 Second Ave, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10010, by telephone 646-438-7858, or by email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Click here for a map of Dobbs Ferry Campus. The Rotunda Hall is the round building attached to Mercy Hall.

Parking

Free campus parking.

Airports

The closest major airport is LaGuardia Airport, (IATA) airport is in New York, New York and is 16 miles from the center of Dobbs Ferry, NY.

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK / KJFK), is located in New York and is 26 miles from Dobbs Ferry, NY.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR / KEWR) is in Newark, New Jersey and is 27 miles from Dobbs Ferry, NY.

Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP / KISP) is in Islip, New York and is 43 miles from Dobbs Ferry, NY.

Accommodations

For a complete list of local hotels click here.

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