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

BWI Airport, MD

Thursday, May 2, 2013

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

The program will be held at:

Double Tree by Hilton Baltimore-BWI Airport
890 Elkridge Landing Road
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

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 and Continental Breakfast


  • 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 Early Bird
April 15, 2013
Individual $125 $150

Conference fee includes Continental breakfast, lunch, 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 and distribute the downloadable registration form.

Credits: 0.6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference. There is an additional $25 fee and is made payable at the conference.

Scholarships: Scholarships are not available for this conference.

Refund Policy: A full refund will be allowed until March 15, 2013 less a $25 administration fee; a 50% refund will be allowed until April 19, 2013; and no refund is available after April 19, 2013.

Accommodations: Contact the Double Tree Hotel by April 4, 2013. Please call 410-859-8400.

Questions? Contact Diana Colomo by telephone 301-609-9887 or email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for directions to the Double Tree by Hilton Baltimore-BWI Airport.


Parking is free at the hotel.


Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)

Note: The Double Tree by Hilton Baltimore Hotel offers a complimentary shuttle from BWI Airport.

MARC Trains - Ground Transportation Information


For Amtrak schedules and information call 800-872-7245 or go to www.amtrak.com

From Washington, DC

Board the Amtrak Train to BWI from Washington's Union Station. To contact Amtrak Passenger Services at Union Station, please call 202-906-3260.

From Philadelphia, PA

Board the Amtrak Train in Philadelphia, PA on 30th and Market Streets. To contact the Philadelphia 30th Street Train Station, please call 215-349-2270.

From Wilmington, DE

Board the Amtrak Train in Wilmington, DE located at M.L. King Blvd. and French Street.

From Alexandria, VA

Board the Amtrak Train in Alexandria, VA located at 110 Callahan Drive.


The Double Tree by Hilton Baltimore Hotel is offering a group room rate of $119 per night plus tax. Use Group Code CFC. Deadline to register is March 31, 2013.

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