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

Jackson, MS


Thursday, July 24, 2014

* * * * * SOLD OUT * * * * *

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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq.,
is being sponsored by Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities, Mississippi Parent Training and Information Center and REACH, MS.


The program will be held at:

St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall
3921 Oakridge Drive
Jackson, MS 39216


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, Ethical Considerations
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
  • Ethics + Bell Curve
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
  • Ethics + Organization of the Child’s File
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00
  • Tactics and Strategies
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
  • Ethics - Prep for Trial
  • 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  
Individual $150
Student (ID req'd) $75
Attorney
(fee includes CLE's)


$150


Conference includes Continental breakfast, lunch and four Wrightslaw books Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: All About IEPs and Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments.

Click here to register online.

Download the registration form.

Credits: 6.0 CLE (continuing legal education) credits to include 1.0 ethics credit have been approved for this conference. 0.6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved. Units will be available at the conference for an additional fee.

Refund Policy: Cancellations before June 20, 2014 are subject to a 50% cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after June 20, 2014. A substitute participant may be designated in place of a registrant who cannot attend.

Questions? Contact Shawn Smith by telephone 800-721-7255 or by email shawn |at| mspti.org.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodationss

Directions

Click here for directions to St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall.

Parking

Parking is free at the venue.

Airports

Jackson-Evers International Airport (JAN)
(approximately 20 minutes to venue)

Accommodations

For a list of local hotels, please click here.


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