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

St. Petersburg, FL

Saturday, June 4, 2011

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being sponsored by the Family Network on Disabilities.


The program will be held at:

Campus Activity Center
USF St. Petersburg

199 6th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701


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 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 is FREE!

Registration includes Continental Breakfast and three books Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs. Lunch is on your own or you can purchase a Subway sandwich on site for a $5 per person fee.

Click here to register online. - Registration Closed

Download and distribute the conference flyer.

Credits: .6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference. There is a $9 fee and can be made payable at registration. 6.5 CLE's (continuing legal education) credits through The Florida Bar have been approved.

Scholarships: No scholarships are available for this conference.

Refund Policy: No refunds are available for this conference.

Questions? Contact Amy Vandenboogert by telephone 727-523-1130, or email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Click here for directions to the Campus Activity Center.

Parking

Parking is free.

Airports

Tampa International (TPA)
(approximately 20 miles to venue)


Accommodations

Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
333 First Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

727-894-5000

Special Rate Available:
$92 per night for checking in on June 3, 2011 and checking out on June 5, 2011. Be sure to mention the Wrightslaw Conference for the special rate.

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