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

Spokane, WA

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, brought to you by the Northwest Autism Center. Co-sponsors include Eastern Washington University, The Arc of Spokane, Region I Division of Developmental Disabilities, Autism Society of Washington, and the Inland Center for Autism & Related Disorders (ICARD).


The program will be held at:

Showalter Auditorium
Eastern Washington University
526 5th Ave.
Cheney, WA 99004

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.
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00
  • Section 1412 Extended School Year, Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment/Mainstreaming/Inclusion, Private Placements, Statewide Assessments
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30
  • Section 1414 Evaluations and IEPs
  • 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
Individual
$50
* Couple
$75
Professional
$70

* Couples receive one set of books. The couples pricing option is designed to support families by offering a reduced price to married couples or partners raising a child with disabilities. If you do not fit this description, please register as an individual or professional.

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

Download and distribute the save-the-date flyer.


Download the printable registation form.

Click here to register online.

Credits - 6 CLE (continuing legal education) credits have been approved for this conference. CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved for .6 units (6 contact hours). There is an additional fee of $9.00 for CEU's, made payable at the conference.

Scholarships -A limited number of family scholarships and tuition reductions are available on the basis of need. Please call Jill Ide at NAC for more information.

Questions?
Contact Deborah Finck or Jill Ide by telephone 509-329-1582, by fax 877-376-3335 or email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Click here for a map to the Showalter Auditorium.

Parking

Directions and parking instuctions to main campus. Click here for a map of the main campus.

Click here for the bus schedule from Spokane to Cheney.

Airports

Spokane Airport
(14.7 miles to the Showalter Auditorium)

Accommodations

Holiday Express Inn
111 Betz Road
Cheney, WA 99004

Mention "Wrightslaw Conference" for a reduced rate of $83.

888-235-1104
Best Western
3711 S. Geiger Blvd.
Spokane, WA
99244

866-627-7191

Ramada Inn
8909 W. Airport Drive
Spokane, WA 99219

509-838-5211

Super 8
11102 W. Westbow Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99224

509-838-8800

Davenport Hotel
10 South Post Street
Spokane, WA 99201

800-899-1482


For a complete list of local hotels click here.

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