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

Long Island, NY

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being and co-sponsored by the Elija Foundation. and the Nassau Suffolk Autism Society of America.


The program will be held at:

Marriot Residence Inn
9 Gerhard Road
Plainview, NY 11803


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 Morning Bagels with Coffee
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 Fees
Elija/NS-ASA Member
$150
Parent
$275
Professional (includes credits)
$325

Registration includes morning bagels and coffee 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 a hot buffet for $15 is available through the hotel. You can prepay when you register online.

Click here to register online.

Download the printable registration form.

Credits: .6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference. Submission materials will be provided to the individual attorney for CLE (continuing legal education) credits.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available for parents only and are provided through the NS-ASA. Please contact Debora Harris by email. Limited need based scholarships are available through The Elija Foundation. Click here for the application.

Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to October 13, 2011 with a $25 administrative fee and thereafter non-refundable.

Questions? Contact Debora Harris by email or Beverly Cusack by email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Click here for directions to the Marroit Hotel.

Parking

Parking in free in the designated parking spots or on the street for overflow parking.

Airports

John F. Kennedy Airport
(approximately 20 miles to venue)


MacArthur Airport
(approximately 30 miles to venue)

Accommodations

Click here for a list of nearby accommodations.

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