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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Wayne Steedman, Esq.

Davenport, IA

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Wayne Steedman, Esq, brought to you by the Autism Society of the Quad Cities.

The program will be held at:

Adler Education Center
Genesis Heart Institute
1236 East Rusholme Street
Davenport, IA 52803

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


  • IDEA History and Overview
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
10:30-10:45 Break and Networking
  • 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
Parent Couple (one set of books)
College Student Volunteers**

* The Iowa Supreme Court Commission on CLE approved this conference for 6 credits. The Illinois MCLE Board has approved 6 credits for attorneys. Continuing Education Units for educators and social workers of 0.6 CEU have been approved.

** Students will assist with the conference. Students are limited to 20 registrations. Registrations are due by April 1, 2010. Email Allison Haskill to make volunteer arrangements prior to the event.

To register online, click here. If you prefer to register by postal mail, download the registration form, print and complete it, and mail it with your payment to the address on the form.

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, box lunch, coffee and afternoon snack. Registrants will also receive two books Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition and a copy of the
Iowa State Education Regulations. A third book, Wrightslaw: All About IEPs will be available for purchase.

Download and distribute the conference brochure.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will not be accepted after April 3, 2010.

Questions? Contact the Autism Society of the Quad Cities by telephone 563-386-6359 or by email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for driving directions to the Adler Education Center.


Free parking is available in the adjacent ramp and parking lot at the Genesis East Hospital.


Quad-Cities International Airport
(10 miles to the Adler Education Center)


For a complete list of local hotels click here.

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