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FAQs: Wrightslaw Seminars & Training Programs
receive many emails from people who want us to provide special education
legal and advocacy training in their communities.
Wrightslaw Programs Held During the Day
1. When are you coming to my area?
It depends. We do seminars and training programs because an individual, group or organization contracts with us to come to their community. This group or individual assumes responsibility for logistics (i.e., location, publicity, etc.).
2. Who arranges for you to do seminars and training programs?
We have conducted our training programs for individuals, grassroots groups, and organizations in almost 40 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, in the past several years.
that arranged for us to speak or provide training at conferences include
Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT), Pathfinders of North Dakota,
Pro Parents of SC, Rett Syndrome Assn., chapters of the Learning Disabilities
Association, International Dyslexia Association, and the Autism Society
of America and a number of PTI's and Protection and Advocacy System's
of numerous states.
3. How do organizers publicize your seminars and training programs?
Good question! One secret to a successful event is getting the word out to people who want / need to learn about special education advocacy - over and over and over (repetition). Many of our programs either sell out ahead of time.
key to success is giving people something of value for registering (each
registrant receives a copy of each of our two books. - see Question
5. What topics do your training programs cover?
Our programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates, and attorneys who represent children with disabilities.
one-day advocacy seminar provides an overview of four areas:
special education law, rights and responsibilities; bell curve to measure
progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and tactics & strategies
for effective advocacy. For details, go to our seminar
the editor of Special Education
Law Update attended a program in Skokie Illinois, he wrote
a three-part series of articles. If you have questions about Wrightslaw
seminars and training programs, please read these articles (Note: these
files are in pdf)
On occasion we do private, closed to the public, training sessions for agencies, clinics, schools and advocacy groups.
6. Do participants always receive free books?
free books increases motivation to sign up for the seminar or training
program (we are happy to autograph these books).
7. How far ahead do you book events?
We are scheduling events for 2006. We are almost fully booked through 2005 and Spring, 2006. Events are not listed on the schedule page until they are confirmed. Check schedule
We try to balance our family and work lives. Pete has an active trial practice. Pam writes books, articles for the websites, and publishes The Special Ed Advocate newsletter. We have grandchildren. We live in a small village on the Chesapeake Bay where we sail, fish, and windsurf. For these reasons, we try to limit travel to one or two training programs a month.
8. If Pete and Pam are not available, do you have other speakers?
Two of our long time good friends, Maryland attorney Wayne Steedman, Esq., and Indiana advocate, Pat Howey, are also conducting Wrightslaw training sessions using our books and following our model. They have been through several of our training sessions and conducted many workshops around the country and are excellent and engaging speakers.
Wayne Steedman has been active in the field of educational and legal issues affecting children with disabilities for almost 30 years. He has an active special education practice litigating at the due process, U. S. District Court and U. S. Court of Appeals level. His website is www.CallegarySteedman.com. Like Pat, he has cases and articles on the wrightslaw website. See Steedman at LRP and Gerstmyer.
For more information about Pat and Wayne, enter their last name into the search engine box at Wrightslaw.com or visit their websites.
9. I am interested - what's next?
If you are interested in having either Pete & Pam Wright or Wayne Steedman and Pat Howey present a seminar or training event, and you have read all of the files and followed the links about programs, speakers, fees, etc, then please send an email to petewright @ harborhouselaw.com (remove the spaces before and after the @ sign.)
In the subject line of your email, please put, in all CAPITAL letters, CONFERENCE YOURSTATE YOURCITY, thus, if you are interested in bringing us to a proposed conference in Deltaville, Virginia, (sailing and fishing capital of the Chesapeake Bay and home of Wrightslaw) the subject line will read:
VA DELTAVILLE - then specific subject info here
& Pam Wright