The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA)
The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy is presenting a five-day training program hosted by the William & Mary School of Law and co-sponsored by the PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic, Wrightslaw, and The Oklahoma Disability Law Center.
The program will include 25 sessions on applicable laws, ethics, best practices in advocacy, strategies in working with parents and schools, and dispute resolution procedures, taught by national leaders in the field.
The Institute begins on Sunday evening, July 22, 2012, with the Orientation and Registration session and Welcome Reception.
The registration fee includes the opening reception, all lunches and scheduled breaks, over $200.00 in books and DVDs, a comprehensive binder of written materials, resource materials, and multimedia training CDs required for completing pre-assignments.*
In general, educational and training expenses are tax deductible. Check with your accountant about deductible educational expenses that may include books, continuing education fees, and travel costs.
Scholarships: Some state Planning Councils or Developmental Disabilities Councils offer scholarships or funds for participation in conferences and short-term educational programs for advocates in the field of developmental disabilities. You may want to investigate funding available in your state. Go to the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities. Click on the map for your state Council website to begin your search. (Example: Oklahoma Consumer Involvement Fund or the Indiana Consumer Investment Fund.)
Registration for Law Students
Law students can earn two graded credits for this course. Each law student enrolled for credit will be required to complete the pre-assigned work for ISEA, attend all ISEA sessions, and submit a paper no later than August 10th of no less than ten double-spaced pages to Professor Patty Roberts on a topic mutually agreed upon prior to July 23rd.
Student tuition and fee information is found on this page:
*All registrants will receive new copies of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs. If you already have copies with notes and wish to use your books for classwork, please do not hesitate to bring them with you.
Attendance is limited to 40. Attendees will be selected via an application process. The application form includes all registration details, costs, applicant questionnaire, and required pre-conference assignments. Download the application.
If accepted, participants agree to complete all pre-conference assigned reading and course work, attend and participate in all sessions, and complete all homework and class assignments.
Submit your application to the Parents Engaged for Learning Equality (PELE) Clinic at William & Mary Law School with a deposit check in the amount of $250. Checks should be made out to the Marshall-Wythe School of Law Foundation or MWSLF. Please write ‘Registration for ISEA’ in the memo field.
If you are accepted, payment of the remaining registration fee must be received within ten days of notification of your acceptance in ISEA. If you are not enrolled in the course, your deposit check will be returned immediately.
Credits: 25 CLE (continuing legal education) credits have been approved, which includes 1 ethics. 27.5 CEU's (continuing education units) have also been approved.
Questions? Contact the PELE Clinic at (757) 221-5735 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tidewater Coach shuttle to the Colonial Williamsburg area from Newport News, Norfolk, or Richmond airports offers a special ISEA rate. Details and reservations.
We recommend that you make your reservations as soon as possible. Embassy Suites will offer this discounted rate 3 days before or after the ISEA conference, should you wish to extend your stay in Williamsburg.
Complimentary shuttles will bring you to and from W&M Law School and Embassy Suites for all conference events.
Read about last year's Institute here - ISEA 2011.