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

Fredericksburg, VA

Thursday, October 14, 2010

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

The program will be held at:

Jepson Alumni Executive Center
University of Mary Washington
1119 Hanover Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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 Boxed 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 - On or before Oct. 8, 2010
After Oct. 8, 2010
* Couples

* 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, boxed lunch and snacks throughout the day. Registrants will also receive three books Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

Click here to register online.

Download the printable registration form.

Limited Walk-In space is available. Do not wait. Register today.

Credits - .6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference. The Virginia State Bar has approved 6 CLE's (continuing legal education) credits for this conference. 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 directions to the Jepson Alumni Executive Center.


There is limited parking available at the site including handicapped spaces. Parking is available at the Indoor Tennis Center located on Hanover Street across from the Jepson Alumni Executive Center, along Hanover Street, Sunken Road, William Street and College Avenue. There is no cost for parking.


Dulles International Airport
(approximately 1.5 hours to venue)

Reagan National Airport
(approximately 1.5 hours to venue)

Stafford Airport
(approximately 20 minutes to venue)


Courtyard Fredericksburg Historic District
620 Caroline Street
Frederickburg, VA 22401

Special room rate of $119 per night, excluding taxes.

Click here for local accommodations.

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