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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Peter Wright, Esq.
Portland, OR
Thursday, October 29, 2009

SOLD OUT

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, is being sponsored by the Autism Society of Oregon. Co-sponsors include: Multnomah County DD Services, ARRO, Lana Traynor Law Firm, FACT, Kevin Brague Law Firm, Oregon PTI, Nay & Friedenberg Law Firm, Diane Wiscarson Law Firm and the Autism Society of Washington.

The program will be held at:

Ambridge Event Center
1333 NE Martin Luther King Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232

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 Fee
Parent
$35
Couple *
$50
Professionals/Teachers
$65

* Couples receive one set of books.

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

Click here to register online. This conference is SOLD OUT.

Download and distribute the conference brochure.

Credits - CLE (continuing legal education) credits are pending. Certificates of attendance will be provided to registrants.

Additional Information - There are limited parent stipends available. Please contact ASO for details.

Questions? Contact the Autism Society of Oregon by phone 503-636-1676, 1-888-AUTISM1 or by email.


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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Click here for directions from MapQuest.

Parking

There are 75 parking spots available at the Ambridge Event Center. The Portland Convention Center has amble parking and is located two blocks away from the center.

Airports

Portland International Airport

Accommodations

Shilo Inn Rose Garden
1506 NE 2nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97232

1-800-222-2244
Block rate is $79 plus tax per night. Group name is under the Autism Society of Oregon.

For a complete list of local hotels click here.

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