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

Atlanta, GA

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta and the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia Advocates for Students with Disabilities Committee.


The program will be held at:

State Bar of Georgia Auditorium
104 Marietta Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303


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
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 is on your own.
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 fee is $100 per person. There are a limited number of seats available, so register NOW! When the maximum number of registrants is reached, registration will be closed.

Registration includes lunch and 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.

Credits: 6.5 CLE's (continuing legal education) credits through the State Bar of Georgia have been approved.

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships will be available to DSAA members who express financial need. Contact DSAA.

Refund Policy: Refunds less a $10 processing fee will be made until May 6, 2011.

Questions? Contact Cynthia Jones by telephone 404-320-3233, or email.




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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

  • From the East on I-20: Take the Windsor-Spring Exit. Turn right on Spring Street. Turn right on Marietta Street.

  • From the West on I-20: Take the Windsor-Spring Exit. Turn left on Spring Street. Turn right on Marietta Street.

  • From the South on 75-85: Take Andrew Young International Boulevard Exit. Turn left on Andrew Young International Boulevard. Turn left on Centennial Parkway. Turn left on Marietta Street.

  • From the North on 75-85: Take Williams Street Exit. Turn right on Andrew Young International Boulevard. Turn left on Centennial Parkway. Turn left at Marietta Street.

  • From Marta: Five Points Station: Exit the train station heading towards Peachtree Street. Turn left out of the station onto Peachtree Street. Follow Peachtree Street to Marietta Street. Turn left on Marietta Street. Follow Marietta Street for four blocks.

Parking

Parking in attached garage is free for Georgia licensed attorneys. Rate is $2 per hour for others. More reasonable parking lots are located nearby. Facillity is downtown and accessible by MARTA (both trains and buses).

Airports

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
(approximately 20 miles to venue)


Accommodations

Click here for a list of nearby accommodations.

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