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

Norfolk, VA

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, is being sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads.


The program will be held at:

Quality Inn Suites Lake Wright
6280 Northampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23502


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 Fees
Individual
$75
Professional (includes credits)
$85
Couples*
$100

* Couples receive one set of books.

Click here to register online.

Download the printable registration form.

Registration fee includes Continental Breakfast items, coffee, lunch, afternoon refreshments and three books Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

Credits: .6 CEU's (continuing education units) and 6 CLE's (continuing legal education) credits have been approved for this conference.

Scholarships: DSAHR members are encouraged to apply for an organizational mini-grant to cover conference expense.

Refund Policy: Refunds will be provided up until two weeks prior to the conference date.

Questions? Contact Brook Markley by telephone 757-466-3696, by fax 757-461-5375 or by email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Click here for directions to the Quality Inn Suites Lake Wright.

Parking

Parking is free.

Airports

Norfolk International Airport
(approximately 4 miles to venue)


Newport News International Airport
(approximately 30 miles to venue)

Accommodations

Click here for local accommodations.

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