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

San Jose, CA


Thursday, March 14, 2013



Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being sponsored by Parents Helping Parents.


The program will be held at:

Westgate Church
1735 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA 951120

Wrightslaw Note: The church is hard
to spot from the road.
It is in the triangle formed
by Saratoga Ave, Prospect Rd.
and Lawrence Expy.


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

7:30-9:00 Registration and morning 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 Fee
PHP Member $125
PHP Member/Couple* $225
Individual - Non Member $150
Registration plus membership $175
Registration plus membership/couple* $275

* Couples receive one set of books.

Conference includes morning coffee, afternoon snacks 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.

Download the printable registration form.

Credits: 0.6 CEU's (continuing education units) and 6 CLE's (continuing legal credits) have been approved for this conference.

Scholarships: If you are unable to afford the registration fee and your child is not a client of the Regional Center, a small number of reduced fee scholarships are available. For more information, please contact Joanna Jaeger.

Refund Policy: Click here to read the policy.

Questions? Contact Joanna Jaeger by email, or by calling 408-727-5775.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Click here for directions to the Westgate Church.

Parking

There is limited parking at the church. Parking entrance is on Saratoga Ave. just south of Prospect Ave. The sponsors encourage carpooling and public transit.

Airports

San Jose Mineta International Airport (SJC)
(approximately 20 minutes to venue)


San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
(approximately 45 minutes to venue)


Accommodations

Click here for nearby accommodations.

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