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

Bradenton, FL


Saturday, November 7, 2015

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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq.,
is being sponsored by the Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota, Inc.


The program will be held at:

Woodland Community Church
9607 State Road 70 East
Bradenton, FL 34202


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 and light breakfast
9:00-10:30

Introductions

  • 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
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
  • 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
  • SMART IEPs
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
Regular

Individual $95
*Couple $110
Professional (includes CLE's) $125

* Couples receive one set of books.

Conference fee includes light breakfast, boxed lunch, a 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.

Click here to register online.

Download the flyer/registration form.

Download and share the Save-the-Date flyer.


Credits: 0.6 CEU's (continuing education units) have been approved. The units are provided by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education. They provide both graduate credit for practicing teachers and CEU's for a variety of professionals who need to document their professional development hours. The CEU's are available for an additional charge of $12, payable at the conference. The Florida Bar has approved 7.0 CLE's (continuing legal education) credits for this conference. The fee is included with the professional registration fee rate.

Scholarships: A limited number of parent scholarships are available based on need for Manatee and Sarasota County parents. Contact Mary Smith at 941-928-0682 for details.

Refund Policy: Refunds issued on or before October 30, 2015 will be charged a $5.00 processing fee. No refunds are available after October 30, 2015. Substitutions are possible. Please call Mary Smith at 941-928-0682.

Accommodations: Contact Mary Smith via email at bsmith22 |@| tampabay.rr.com no later than October 7, 2015.

Law Students + ISEA Graduates: The Family Network has five slots at a reduced rate for law students and ISEA graduates. If you are interested in applying, send an email to: ISEA.lawstudent |@| wrightslaw.com and provide information about when you graduated from ISEA or information about your law school status.

Questions? Contact Mary Smith by telephone 941-928-0682 by fax 941-907-8577 or by email bsmith22 |@| tampabay.rr.com

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

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations

Directions

The venue is located approximately 1 mile east of I-75 on State Road 70, Exit 217 off of I-75. The venue is on the north side of the intersection. Click here for directions to the venue.

Parking

Parking is available at the facility at no charge.

Airports

Tampa International Airport (TPA)
(approximately 50 miles to venue)

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)
(approximately 12 miles to venue)


Accommodations

For a list of local hotels, please click here.


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