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

McAllen, TX

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq.,
is being sponsored by TeamMario.

The program will be held at:

McAllen Convention Center
700 Convention Center Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78501

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


  • IDEA History, Book Overview, US Supreme Ct Cases
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Disability, Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
10:30-10:45 Break
  • Section 1412 Extended School Year, Child Find, Least Restrictive, Private Placements
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent, Determining progress v. regression using Bar Graphs
12:00-1:00 Lunch is on your own
  • Section 1414 Evaluations and IEPs
  • S.M.A.R.T. IEPs
  • Section 1415 Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA, NLCB
  • Charter Schools, Food Allergies, Anaphylaxis, Epi-Pens
  • Recent Cases - IDEA, 504 and ADA
  • USDOJ cases and OCR rulings
  • Legal, systemic and “school culture” obstacles to compliance with IDEA-04
  • Litigation: Special Ed Caselaw

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 Regular

Parent $125
Individual $150
Professional $195

Conference fee includes Continental breakfast, afternoon snack and three Wrightslaw 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 registration form.

Download and share the conference flyer.

Credits: 6.0 CLE (continuing legal education) credits and 0.6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference. TSHA approved 5.5 CE hour credits for this conference.

Scholarships: Scholarships available for parents of children with Autism as part of TeamMario's Autism Advocacy Program. Visit TeamMario.org for information. Application deadline is September 30, 2014. Scholarships are limited.

Refund Policy: No refunds are available for this conference. Registration may be transferred to another attendee.

Accommodations: Contact Christine Clifford via email no later than October 17, 2014.

Sponsorship and Exhibitors: Package available upon request.

Questions? Contact Christine Clifford by telephone 979-492-1062 by fax 888-308-0992 or by email info |at| TeamMario.org.

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

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations


Click here for directions to the McAllen Convention Center.


Parking is free.


McAllen-Miller International Airport (MFE)
(approximately 3 miles to venue)

Valley International Airport (VIA)
(approximately 44 miles to venue)


The sponsors have arraigned a special room rate with the Embassy Suites Hotel of $104 per night for single and $109 per night for double occupancy. Please call 956-686-3000 and ask for the "TEAM MARIO" rate.
Deadline to register for this special rate is Monday, October 20, 2014.

Springhill Suites
1800 South Ware Road
McAllen, TX 78503


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