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Wrightslaw From Emotions to Advocacy Training
with Pat Howey, Paralegal and Advocate

St. Paul, Minnesota, December 3, 2009

From Emotions to Advocacy, a Wrightslaw training program with Pat Howey, is being sponsored by the Autism Society of Minnesota.

The program will be held at:

Hilton Garden Inn
411 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN 55101


Program Description

In From Emotions to Advocacy training programs (one day, 6 hours), parent advocate Pat Howey teaches you how to take an active role in managing your child's special education, the gentle art of disagreeing, and how to maintain healthy working relationships with the school.

You will learn:

  • how to assess your child's strengths and needs
  • how to prepare a Parent Report for the IEP team
  • how to build healthy working relationships with school personnel
  • how to document information that may prevent or resolve disputes
  • how to participate as an equal member of your child's IEP team

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 a.m. Registration and Coffee
9:00-10:30 a.m. Introductions
  • Section 1: Getting Started
  • Creating the Advocate's IEP, the Master Plan
  • Taming the Paper Trail
  • Goals and Strategies for the Advocate
  • The Parent as Project Manager
  • Advocacy 101: Learning the Rules of the Game
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-12:00 p.m.
  • Obstacles to Success, Resolving Parent/School
  • Conflicts, Emergency, Crisis, Help
  • Evaluations and Your Child's Disability
  • Tests and Measurements 101
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • The Bell Curve
  • Charting Test Scores
  • Smart IEPs
  • Overview of IDEA - Findings, Purposes and Definitions
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • No Child Left Behind
2:30-2:45 p.m.

Break

2:45-4:00 p.m.
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
  • Taming the Paper Trail - Documenting and Writing Letters and using the "Letter to a Stranger" Strategy
  • IEP Meeting Strategies and Common Problems
  • Putting it all together
4:00-4:30 p.m. Questions and Answers

Registration

Registration Fees
Individual Member
$91.50
Individual
Non-Member
$138.75

Click here to register online.

Download the printable registration form.

Your registration includes morning coffee, lunch, along with Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition ($19.95 retail value) and a $5 parking voucher.

Refund Policy: All refunds will be subject to a $25 cancellation fee and will be issued by check from the Autism Society of MN. No cancellations accepted after November 27, 2009.

Questions?
Contact Dawn Brasch by telephone at 651-647-1083 ext 15, or email.

Wrightslaw programs often fill up early! Space is limited - don't miss out! Register today!

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Please click here for directions from MapQuest.

Parking

Parking vouchers will be provided.

Airports

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
(7 miles to the conference location)

Accommodations

For a list of local hotels click here.

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