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

Kennewick, WA

Saturday, February 8, 2014

SOLD OUT!

* * * * * * Update 2/7 10:00 PM PST : Despite snow, Conference is on! * * * * * *

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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq.,
brought to you by the Down Syndrome Association of the Mid-Columbia.

The program will be held at:

St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Dillon Hall
520 South Garfield Street

Kennewick, WA 99336

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

8:00-9:00 Registration
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
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 Fees

Walk-In
(if available)

In-State WA $75
Out-of-State
$75

* Only one book set per household.

Registration fee includes morning coffee, lunch, refreshments, 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 be placed on wait list.

Download the registration form.

Download and distribute the conference brochure.

Credits: 0.6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference. The Washington State Bar Association has approved 5 CLE's (continuing legal credits). MCLE Activity ID number is 356704.

Accommodations: If you require special needs accommodations, please contact Kasey McComas no later than January 20, 2014.

Refund Policy: Cancellation fees: 90% provided if we receive notification by January 29, 2014.

Cancellation: WA registrants will be billed $65 if cancellation is not received on or before Jan 29, 2014 or fail to attend event.

Questions? Contact Kasey McComas by email, telephone 206-300-3960 or write to P.O. Box 1211, Richland, WA 99352.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Click here for directions to St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Parking

Parking is free.

Airports

Port of Pasco Airport (PSC)
(approximately 15 miles to venue)

Accommodations

Days Inn Kennewick
888-945-7537

Clover Island Inn
509-586-0541

Best Western Kennewick
509-586-1332


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