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

St. Louis, MO

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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

JCPenny Center, University of Missouri - St. LouisThe program will be held at:

JCPenny Conference Center
University of Missouri-St. Louis Campus
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121

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 is on your own - Student Union serves lunch and is near the JCP Center
  • 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 $100 $125
Couple* $150 $175
Professional - (credits not included in fee) $150 $175

* Couples receive one set of books.

Conference fee includes 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.

Click here for the complete information packet.

Credits: 0.6 CEU's (continuing education units) and 7.2 CLE's (continuing legal education) credits have been approved for this conference. Units/Credits will be an additional fee made payable at the conference.

Scholarships: No scholarships are available for this conference.

Refund Policy: No refunds will be given after April 12, 2013.

Exhibitor Information: The cost is $100 (add $20 if selling merchandise) if paid by March 15, 2013. The cost after this date is $125. Click here if you are interested in exhibiting at this conference.

Questions? Contact Connie Smith by telephone 800-743-7634 or email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for directions to the JCPenny Conference Center.


Parking is free.


Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL)
(approximately 4 miles to venue)


The Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Airport is offering a reduced room rate of $69.99 for the nights of May 13-14, 2013. Individual call in reservations can be made by reserving online. Reservations can also be made by calling 800-325-0720 and refer to group number 2169783-UMSL. Deadline to receive this special rate is Saturday, April 13, 2013.

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