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

Fairfax, VA

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, is being sponsored by The Northern Virginia Chapter of the Autism Society of America.

The program will be held at:

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Student Union II Ballroom
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

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
  • 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.


8:00-9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast


  • IDEA History and Overview
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
10:30-10:45 Break
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Fees
Early Bird - Received on or before October 20, 2009
Extended to October 30, 2009
Received after October 30, 2009
* Couples
Educator (with School ID)

* 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.

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

Download the printable registration form.

Click here to register online.

Credits - .6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference. 6 CLE (continuing legal education) credits have been approved by the Virginia State Bar. There is an additional $10 fee for credits.

Questions? Contact Kymberly DeLoatche by telephone 703-495-8444, by fax 703-563-6099, by email or by mailing 98 N. Washington Street, Falls Church, VA 22046.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for a map to George Mason University's Fairfax Campus.


Parking is $2/hr or $10/day at the garage right next to Student Union II. This is not part of the registration fee.


Dulles International Airport

Reagan National Airport


Marriott Courtyard Fairfax Fair Oaks
11220 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (Rt. 50)
Fairfax, VA 22030

To make reservations by phone, call 1-800-321-2211 and ask for the Autism Society Block at the Courtyard Fairfax Fair Lakes.

Conference rate of $169
- Rate good for 11/4/09 only
Cut off date for reservations is 5 p.m., 10/14/09. Group Code is AUTAUTA.

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