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

Charlotte, NC

Thursday, May 3, 2012

SOLD OUT - Registration is Closed

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being sponsored by The Down Syndrome Association of Charlotte.

The program will be held at:

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Cone Center
McKnight Hall
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223

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


  • 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 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

April 23, 2012**

Individual $90
Attorney $170
Professional * $120

* Professional fee includes credits/units.
** No registrations will be accepted after April 23, 2012

Registration includes Continental Breakfast, morning refreshments, lunch, afternoon refreshments, 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 and share the conference flyer.

Credits: The North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education has approved 6 CLE's (continuing legal education) credits. The UMKC School of Education has approved .6 CEU's (continuing education units) for this conference.

Scholarships: No scholarships are available for this conference.

Refund Policy: Information will be available soon.

Questions? Contact Terri Leyton, Program Director by telephone 704-916-9871, by fax 704-705-2438 or by email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for a map of the campus.

UNCC Red Line Route goes onto campus and runs throughout the day.


Parking is available in the Cone Center Deck. Registrants will receive a token to exit the parking deck for free. Tokens will not work in other parking areas.


Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
(approximately 16 miles to venue)


Click here for a list of nearby accommodations.

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