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Special Education Law and Advocacy Training

Special Education Law and Advocacy Training on CD-ROM includes all the content of a live 6 hour program program  ... and more than an hour of bonus content. The program is divided into four sessions: two on law and two about advocacy strategies. Each session includes several topics. Click here for the program description. Your instructors are Pete Wright and Pam Wright.

Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Training on CD-ROM

Required Books

You need two books for the Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training Program: Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd. Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition.

During the law programs, as Pete explains specific statutes and regulations, he will have you make notes in the margins and inside cover of the book. In the advocacy programs, Pete and Pam wll explain concepts in Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition and describe ways to improve your advocacy skills. You'll find these notes extremely helpful later.

Combos: Training Program on CD-ROM & Required Books

You can purchase the Special Education Law and Advocacy Training program on CD-ROM and the two course books at a Special Wrightslaw Price.

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Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training CD-ROM (6.5 hrs)
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Program Overview

The one-day special education law and advocacy program focuses on four areas:

  • special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

Special Education Law, Part 1

  • Overview: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004
  • Section 1400: Findings & Purposes
  • Section 1401: Definitions
  • Section 1412: “Catchall Statute” – Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), 10 day notice re: private placements, Assessments, ESY
  • Section 1414(a)(b)(c): Evaluations, Reevaluations, Response to Intervention

    Click here to watch and listen to Pete describe the Purpose of the law.

Special Education Law, Part 2

  • Section 1414(d): Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs), IEP Teams, Parental Participation, Placement
  • Section 1415: Procedural Safeguards - Prior Written Notice, Mediation, Due Process Hearings, Appeals, Attorneys Fees, Placement in Alternative Educational Settings
  • Recent Decisions by U. S. Supreme Court
  • Section 504 v. IDEA
  • No Child Left Behind Act: Purposes, New Legal Definitions (reading, essential components of a reading program, diagnostic reading assessments, scientifically based reading research)
  • Minimum Standards for Highly Qualified Teachers, Paraprofessionals
  • How to Use IDEA and NCLB to Advocate for a Child

Special Education Advocacy, Part 1

  • Creating Your Master Plan, Understanding the Parental Role
  • Rules of the Game: School Rules, Gatekeepers
  • Obstacles to Success: School Culture, Low Expectations, Isolation, Lack of Information, Emotions
  • Parent-School Conflict: 6 Reasons for Conflict; Dealing with Difficult People
  • Crisis! Emergency! Help!
  • Evaluations & Your Child's Disability: Using the Evaluation as a Roadmap; Selecting an Evaluator
  • Organizing Your Child's File
  • Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve: Standard scores, Percentile ranks, Subtest scores
  • Demo: How to create graphs of progress or regression

Special Education Advocacy, Part 2

  • Rules of Adverse Assumptions; Outcome Prediction in Litigation
  • Creating Paper Trails; Writing Good Letters; Letter Writing Tips; Writing the "Letter to the Stranger"
  • Preparing for School Meetings: Pre-meeting worksheets, Agendas, Handouts, Charts
  • Negotiation Skills: 4 questions; 5 rules for effective negotiating
  • Meeting Survival Strategies: IEP Meeting Worksheets; 4 Rules of Conduct
  • Advocacy Strategies: What Can One Person Do?
  • Educational Advocacy Groups

    Click here to watch and listen to Pam discuss preparing for school meetings.

"This is advocacy training at it's best...Each time I listen, I pick up something new!"Read reviews

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When you are ready to begin the program, be sure you have the appropriate book and your yellow highlighter.

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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.

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Parent Training, Support and Study Groups: Use Wrightslaw training programs during parent support and study groups. The content of the program is divided in topical areas. You can use the program outline to develop a template for your group. Click here for a description of each session.


This Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy program has been authorized for 0.65 (6.5 contact hours) Continuing Education Credits by the University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Education, Division of Continuing Education. We are investigating Continuing Legal Education Credits but do not offer CLEs at this time.

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If you are unsure if you have WebEx software, you can check by clicking this test file.
(Mac users, either download the file to your hard drive first, or use IE or Firefox to open, do not use Safari.)

If the program opens, you have WebEx software. If the program doesn't open, please download and install the free WebEx software now. Be sure to choose .WRF Player. In some instances a window will pop up and ask you WebEx questions for marketing purposes. At the same time you will be asked if you want to save the file. Yes, you want to save the file. After saving it to your hard drive, you can close the window, or answer the questions. Then go back and click on the file saved on your hard drive to install the software.

If you have difficulty downloading and installing the software, check your browser and virus software because the download is probably being blocked.

After you download and install the free WebEx software, first click the test file, then click the two sample files to hear
Pete describe the Purpose of the law and Pam discuss preparing for school meetings.


Your instructors for this Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training are Pete and Pam Wright.

Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy
Pete and Pam
were Adjunct Professors of Law at the William and Mary Law School where they taught a course about special education law and advocacy and assisted with the Law School's Special Education Law Clinic. They are co-founders and faculty at the William and Mary Law School Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA).

Pete Wright is an attorney who represents children with special educational needs and who successfully represented Shannon Carter before the United States Supreme Court in Florence County v. Shannon Carter (501 U.S. 7). Short bio.

Pam Wright is a psychotherapist who worked with children and families from the 1970's. Pam has written extensively about raising, educating and advocating for children with disabilities. She publishes The Special Ed Advocate, a weekly electronic newsletter. Short bio.

Pete and Pam Wright are the founders of Wrightslaw.com

Adobe PDF fileThe FREE Wrightslaw: Special Education Law PDF Download includes the full text of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd edition with bookmarks and page thumbnails so you can move easily between chapters and pages. You can search the entire book for specific terms or topics in seconds.

When you purchase the Training Combo online, you will receive a receipt by email that includes your PDF e-book download link. When you click the link, the book file (3.7 mgs) will be downloaded onto your computer. (Depending on your connection speed, this may take a few minutes.)

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