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

Knoxville, TN


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

* * * * * New Rescheduled Date! * * * * *

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


The program will be held at:

Knoxville Marriott
Georgia Ballroom
501 Hill Ave. SE
Knoxville, TN 37915


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, 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
1:00-2:30
  • 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
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

Self Advocates or Family members (includes one-year membership in the ARC)


$125


Arc Members (includes CEUs or CLEs) $215
ARC Members (no CEUs or CLEs) $115
Professionals (includes CEUs or CLEs) $225

Click here to register online.

Conference includes coffee/tea in the morning, lunch, afternoon snacks, a deluxe Wrightslaw highlighter pen and the four Wrightslaw books which retail for $77.80 - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition), Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: All About IEPs and Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments.

Note: There will be no Walk-In Registration available.

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

Refund Policy: Non-RefundableRegistration can be transferred to another attendee with prior notice.

Scholarships: There are no scholarships available for this conference.

Questions? Contact Lori Cutler-Turner by email at lturner |at| thearctn.org or Treva Maitland by email at tmaitland |at| thearctn.org or by telephone 615-767-5041.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Click here for directions to the Knoxville Marriott.

Parking

Parking is free at the venue.

Airports

McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)
(approximately 16 miles to venue)

Accommodations

For a list of local hotels, please click here.


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