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

Madison, WI

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being sponsored and organized by ParSEC Wisconsin, LLC., with Co-sponsors Integrated Development Services (IDS), Walbridge School, The Law Center for Children & Families and Wisconsin Family Ties. This is the first Wrightslaw conference in the state of Wisconsin!

The program will be held at:

Sheraton Madison Hotel
Destination Ballroom
706 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53713

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 morning refreshments


  • 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

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 Fee


Individual $150

Conference includes morning coffee and tea, plated lunch, refreshments 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 flyer with registration form.

Download and distribute the event poster.

Credits: 0.6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference. The Wisconsin Supreme Court Bar of Board Examiners have approved 6.0 CLE hours for this conference.

Scholarships: No scholarships are available for this conference.

Refund Policy: Registrations are non refundable, but substitutions are permitted. If there is a waiting list, a substitution from the waiting list may be arranged by the conference sponsor for a substitution fee.

Questions? Contact ParSEC Wisconsin by phone 1-608-561-8643, by fax 608-268-8678 or by email.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for directions to the Sheraton Madison Hotel.


Parking is free at the venue.


Dane County Regional Airport (MSN/KMSN)
(approximately 9 miles to venue)


The Sheraton Madison Hotel (conference venue) is offering a limited block of sleeping rooms for conference registrants for the nights of April 9 (limited number) and/or April 10 (very limited number). The special rate of $119.00 per room will be offered until Monday, March 10 or until the block rooms are sold out, whichever comes first. Register online or by calling the hotel's Central Reservations phone line at 800-325-3535 or 888-627-7077.

For a list of local hotels, please click here.

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