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Wrightslaw special education law and advocacy training programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, advocates, attorneys, educators, health care providers, and others who represent the interests of children with disabilities and their families.

Wrightslaw Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training (one day; 6 hours)

Wrightslaw Special Ed Law & Advocacy Boot Camp (two days; 12 hours)

IDEA 2004 and NCLB: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You! (one day; 6 hours)

From Emotions to Advocacy (one day; 6 hours)

Private Training - In addition to the above programs, Wrightslaw provides private training for agencies, organizations, private schools, clinics, etc. These programs are designed to meet the specific needs of the members and, at the discretion of the hosting organization/agency, may be closed to the public.

Hybrid Program - Pete Wright can create a hybrid program that is specific to the needs of your organization and may include a mix of some of the programs below. For example, Pete trained the all of the Juvenile Probation Officers and some of Juvenile Court Judges in one state. Pete created a two-day program specific to the needs of Children's Hospital staff who focus on Brain Tumors and problems caused by chemo and other treatment regimens. The first day was for hospital school liaison / social work staff. The second day was for the parents and other related service providers. Pete trained selected State Dept of Education staff about the protocol for conducting randomized case audits of LEA student files. Pete trained the Administrative Law Judges of an East Coast state with a focus on Court of Appeals case law. Pete trained the Protection and Advocacy (NDRN) staff of a West Coast state. "Hybrid" programs have focused on specific legal issues and also specific to a disability. After the new version of the DSM-5 was issued, a "hybrid" program was related to changes in the DSM-5 about autism and dyslexia.

To inquire about hosting a program, please send an email direct to Pete Wright at the following email address of: petewright |@| harborhouselaw.com (Note - remove the |at| and replace with the @ character.) In the subject line of your email, please type your state and city in ALL CAPS. For example: CONFERENCE VA DELTAVILLE - initial inquiry.

"The Wrightslaw Special Education Law Seminar in Michigan was a tremendously rewarding experience and will forever change our practice." - Bryan I. Eder, Esq., Chudnof & Eder, PLC


Special Education Law & Advocacy Training Program (six-hours, one-day) focuses 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

The registration fee includes four books - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Ed. (Retail: $29.95), Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Ed. (Retail: $19.95), Wrightslaw: All About IEPs (Retail: $12.95) and Wrightslaw: All About Tests & Assessments (Retail: $14.95).

Presenters: Wayne Steedman, Esq. or Pete Wright, Esq.

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"What a marvelous conference! I often leave sped presentations angry and/or guilty because of all the things that were done or not done. This time I left encouraged, inspired and armed!"

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IDEA 2004 & NCLB: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You!

IDEA 2004 & NCLB: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You! (one day, 6 hours) focuses on changes in IDEA 2004, the interrelationships between IDEA 2004 and No Child Left Behind, and how to use these laws to get better special education services for children with disabilities.

Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind
You will learn about:
  • requirements for reading programs, essential components of reading instruction, research based instruction
  • requirements for highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals
  • high stakes tests, accommodations, alternate assessments
  • new options and choices for children who attend struggling schools
  • how NCLB applies to children with disabilities

The texts for this program are Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition (Retail: $29.95) and Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind (Retail: $29.95) which includes the No Child Left Behind CD-ROM with dozens of publications, manuals, toolkits, and other useful resources. Sample agenda.

Presenters: Wayne Steedman, Esq. or Pete Wright, Esq.


From Emotions to Advocacy Training Programs

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, by Pam and Pete WrightIn From Emotions to Advocacy training programs (one day, 6 hours), you learn how to take an active role in managing your child's special education. You'll learn about key sections in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004, what our child's test scores mean, and how to develop SMART IEPs. Pat will teach you how to prepare for meetings, the gentle art of disagreeing, and how to maintain healthy working relationships with the school. Sample agenda.

You will learn:

  • Using the Bell Curve to understand your child's strengths and needs
  • Using a Parent Agenda
  • How to build healthy working relationships with school personnel
  • How to document information that may prevent or resolve disputes
  • How to participate as an equal member of your child's IEP team

The text for this program is Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd edition. (Retail: $19.95)

Presenter: Pat Howey, advocate and author of Ask the Advocate or Pete Wright, Esq.

"We were delighted to have Pat Howey share her education advocacy skills - the support of leaders and advocates like Ms. Howey make our program a success. Thank you!" - Florida PIP Coordinator


Two-day Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camps

Two-day Special Education Law and Advocacy Boot Camps (12 hours) are more intensive and personalized. Participants have opportunities to network.

In a Wrightslaw Boot Camp, you learn how to use special education statutes and regulations to get answers to your questions; to use tests and measurements to measure educational progress; chart out test scores; write SMART IEPs goals and objectives; learn how to use NCLB as a tool to open doors to services, learn how to create paper trails; write effective letters, and use advocacy strategies to negotiate for appropriate special education programs. We limit the number of Boot Camps to two or three per year and one per region of the country.

Sample agenda.

The registration fee includes the same books listed above in the one-day Special Education Law and Advocacy program.
Presenters: Pete and Pam Wright

"I am so glad that I had the opportunity to attend this conference. I feel more empowered and better educated in my role as advocate for my two sons who are on the autism spectrum. Both Peter and Pam did an excellent job of presenting in both a professional and personable manner. It was a pleasure to spend two days in their guidence and company. Thank you for this very valuable experience." - Attendee, Portland, Maine 2 Day Boot Camp

"Your boot camp was the most useful CLE I've ever attended. CLEs are notoriously boring and unpleasant. Your program was neither and I learned a lot, even as an experienced practitioner in the field." - Rob Mead, KU Wheat Law Library


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