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

Seattle, WA

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, brought to you by the Down Syndrome Community.

The program will be held at:

St. Demetrios Hall
2100 Boyer Ave. East
Seattle, WA 98112

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

8:30-9:15 Registration
9:30-11:00

Introductions

  • IDEA History and Overview
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:30
  • 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
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00
  • 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
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:30
  • 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
4:30-5:00 Questions and Answers

Registration

Registration Fees
Early Bird
on or before
October 6th
Pre-Registration
on or before
October 31st
Walk-In
(Space Permitting)
Individual
$60
$75
$100
Professional
$125
$150
$200

Registration fee includes morning refreshments, lunch 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.

Register by phone by calling 206-842-9027 or email Anne Mullis.

Download the registration form.

Download and distribute the conference poster.

Credits: .6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference. The Washington State Bar Association has approved 6 CLE (continuing legal education) credits. MCLE Activity ID number is 351000. A certificate of attendance will be provided if requested during registration.

Scholarships: Limited stipends for parents available. Call 206-842-9027 for more information.

Accommodations: Special Needs accommodations? - Contact Anne Mullis via email no later than October 25.

Refund Policy: Cancellation fees: 90% through October 25; None thereafter. We will maintain a wait list, should we sell out.

Questions? Contact Anne Mullis, DSC conference coordinator by telephone 206-842-9027, fax 206-842-9027, by email or by snail mail to 5276 Old Mill Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Click here for directions to St. Demetrios Hall.

Parking

Parking is free at the venue.

Airports

Seattle Tacoma International Airport - Sea-Tac - (SEA)
(approximately 19 miles to venue)

Accommodations

For a complete list of local hotels click here.

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