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

Little Rock, AR


Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq.,
is being sponsored by the Arkansas Down Syndrome Association.


The program will be held at:

Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neuroscience Institute
12th Floor Auditorium
501 Jack Stephens Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

(SE corner of Jack Stephens and W. Capitol Ave)
(Use Garage 3 around the corner on W. Capitol, go to Level 3A, walk over flyway to Spine Center - Free Parking)
(See map of building location. Take Exit 3B off Interstate 630)

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 Fee  
*Professional $100
Parents/Caregivers $50
Couples $75

* Includes credits for the following professionals: social workers, attorneys, physical therapists and occupational therapists. No MD, OR or RN are available at this time. Click here for more information.

Conference includes morning coffee and refreshments, boxed 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.

Download the printable registration form.

Walk-in space available!

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

Scholarships: Limited scholarships are available. Contact the sponsors for information.

Refund Policy: No refunds are available. We are happy to accept substitute attendees.

Questions? Contact Suzie Hicks by telephone 501-223-3696 or by email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Click here for directions to the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neuroscience Institute.

Parking

Parking is free at the venue.

Airports

Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT)
(approximately 15 minutes to venue)


Accommodations

For a list of local hotels, please click here.


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