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October 29, 2001

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Please join Pete and Pam Wright in Colorado Springs and Denver on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 for an intensive two-day training program in special education law and advocacy.

We are very excited about this training program. The first day is based on Wrightslaw: Special Education Law. Each registrant will receive Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and other materials with their registration fee.

The second day is based on our new book, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy(published October 2001).


Friday, November 2, 2001 Colorado Springs

Special Education Law

* Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA '97) Overview
Section 1400 Findings and Purposes
Section 1401 Definitions
Section 1412 ESY, Child Find, LRE, Inclusion, Private Placements,
Section 1414(a) Evaluations, Re-evaluations
Section 1414(d) IEPs, Present Levels of Performance, Goals & Objectives,
Understanding Tests & Measurements
Section 1414(d) IEPs, Appendix A, S.M.A.R.T. IEPs
Section 1415 Procedural Safeguards, Notice, Due Process, Mediation,
Appeal, Discipline, Transition

* Other Statutes: Section 504, ADA, FERPA
* Caselaw and recent legal developments
* Back to School on Civil Rights by NCD

Saturday, November 3, 2001, Denver

Special Education Advocacy for the Parent, Advocate & Parent Attorney

* Advocacy 101
Developing your master plan
Parent as special ed manager
Learning "Rules of the Game"
Recognizing and avoiding obstacles
Dealing with Conflict, Crisis management

* Parents as Experts
Understanding your child's disability, private evaluations
Organizing your child's file
Understanding tests and evaluations
Measuring your child's progress and/or regression
SMART IEPs, Transition Plans

* How to Use Tactics and Strategies
Rules of adverse assumptions
Creating paper trails, letter writing strategies
Prepare for meetings, meeting strategies
Choosing your battles wisely


The registration fee is very "parent-friendly."

Parent or student:
CO Springs only $60_____ Denver only $60_____ Both $85

CO Springs only $110_____ Denver only $110_____ Both $135

Each registrant will receive WRIGHTSLAW: SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW (Retail: $29.95) and other training materials. For information, please contact The Advocacy Project at 303-680-6741 or by email: AdvocacyPro@aol.com

12 Hours of CLE CREDIT is pending.

More Information

The Colorado Springs session is at New Life Church, 11025 Hwy 83. The Denver session is at Porter Adventist Hospital, 2525 Downing Street. For details, download and print the conference brochure and agenda. This 2 day training program is presented by The Advocacy Project and Special Kids Special Families.

Sponsors: Colorado Developmental Disabilities Planning Council; Colorado Families for Hands & Voices; National Center on Low Incidence Disabilities; Colorado Department of Education; Arc of the Pikes Peak Region, The Resource Exchange

We hope you will join us in Colorado!


Over the next several months, we are scheduled to travel to Hawaii, the Caribbean, Illinois, and Ohio to provide legal and advocacy training.

Please check out the "From Emotions to Advocacy Cruise," a special cruise and fund-raiser Miami to Cozumel (January 14-18, 2002) sponsored by Value Voyager in partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines. 4 Nights 5 Days Caribbean Cruise, includes 6 hour Advocacy Program.


Flyer: https://www.wrightslaw.com/flyers/cruise1.pdf

To get our schedule, please visit our Speaking Page -


FAQs: Wrightslaw Training

We receive many requests from people who want us to provide legal and/or advocacy training in their area. We decided to publish this "frequently asked questions" about conferences and training.

We do not plan, arrange or schedule training sessions ourselves. We are just Pete and Pam Wright -- we do not have the staff or resources necessary to put on training. When we come to an area, we do so because a group or organization has contracted with us and is taking care of the logistics.

Over the past several months, organizations in West Virginia, New Hampshire, New York, Washington, Virginia, California, South Carolina, and Texas arranged for us to provide training in their areas.

These organizations found creative ways to fund the training. Some groups used grants. Some solicited and received financial assistance from companies, hospitals, medical practices, and law firms. In other cases, two or three groups pooled their resources to bring us in. We help get the word out through the Wrightslaw site and The Special Ed Advocate newsletter.

Pete has a very active trial practice. Pam writes books and articles, publishes newsletters, and builds websites. In general, we limit out-of-town travel to no more than one conference or training session a month.

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