The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
March 20, 2002

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Wrightslaw Boot Camp in Columbia, SC - April 5-6



Wrightslaw Boot Camp in Columbia, SC - April 5-6

Are you preparing for an IEP meeting? Do you need to learn more about special education rights & responsibilities? Do you need to fine-tune your advocacy skills?

Join Pete and Pam Wright in beautiful Columbia, SC for Wrightslaw Boot Camp, a two-day intensive training program in special education law and advocacy.

If you are tired of cold, grey winter days and need a break, Columbia SC is an ideal destination! In April, daytime high temperatures are in the 70's and low 80's.

When? Friday, April 5 and Saturday April 6, 2002.

On Friday, you'll learn about special education law, rights and responsibilities, tests and measurements, and how to use the bell curve to measure educational progress or regression.

On Saturday, you'll learn about SMART IEPs and tactics and strategy for the effective advocate. We will test your skills and knowledge and give you feedback about your progress. We provide demonstrations of strategies and techniques.

Agenda - Friday, April 5, 2002

Special Education Law

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA '97)
Section 1400 Findings and Purposes
Section 1401 Definitions
Section 1412 ESY, Child Find, LRE, Inclusion, Private Placements,
Section 1414 Evaluations, Re-evaluations, IEPs
Section 1415 Procedural Safeguards, Notice, Due Process, Mediation,
Appeal, Discipline, Transition
Section 504, ADA, FERPA
Caselaw and recent legal developments
Back to School on Civil Rights
No Child Left Behind Act

Tests & Measurements & Bell Curve

Standard Scores, Subtest Scores, Percentile Ranks, Grade & Age Equivalent
How to Use Bell Curve to Chart Progress & Regression

Saturday, April 6, 2002


Essential Components of SMART IEPs
Present Levels of Performance
Strategies for Writing SMART IEP Goals & Objectives
Recognizing Common IEP Problems
Revising Inappropriate IEP Goals & Objectives

Tactics & Strategies for Effective Advocacy

Rules of Adverse Assumptions
6 Reasons for Parent-School Conflict - and Strategies to Resolve
4 Obstacles to Success: Emotions, Roles, Myths, School Culture
Organizing Your Child's File; the Master Document List
Comprehensive Evaluation
Keys to Successful Negotiation
Letter Writing Strategies
Preparing for School Meetings
School Meeting Survival Strategies
Strategies to Deal with Difficult People
How to Use 5 Ws + H + E Techniques
How to Chose Your Battles; How to Market & Sell


The registration fee for the two-day program is very "parent-friendly." Each registrant will receive Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy (retail: $29.95) and other training materials.

Parents (1st person) $95.00
(2nd person) $50.00

Professional $120.00
Student $ 75.00

CLEs: 12 CLEs have been approved.

CEUs: May be available.

For information, please call PRO-Parents at 803-772-5688 or 800-759-4776 or email: PROParents@aol.com or

South Carolina Autism Society at 803-750-6988 or 800-438-4790 or email:

Download the conference flyer and registration form:



Columbia is easy to find. The city is midway between Miami and New York, at the intersection of three major interstate highways; I-26, I-20 and I-77. I-85 and I-95 are a short drive away.

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport is approximately ten miles from the conference. The airport is serviced by six airlines.

For more info how to get to Columbia by car, bus, or plane, go to:



Do you want to bring a friend or family member? Columbia is home of Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Garden, one of the top 10 zoological parks in the nation; the South Carolina State Museum; lovely antebellum homes and historic churches; and beautiful Lake Murray, a 50,000-acre water playground.

Baseball season opens on April 5 with a big fireworks display. Nightlife? The 3 Rivers Music Festival will be held on April 5-7.

For information about the Columbia program - location, parking, airline info, driving directions, weather (beautiful), attractions, accommodations, and more, go to:


Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

We are designing Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities so people who love and work with our children can get reliable information, support -- and connect with one another.

You will find different kinds of resources on these pages - government programs, grassroots organizations, and support groups. To make it easy for you to find the information you need, we organized these groups alphabetically.

The South Carolina Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities is at:


The link to the main Yellow Pages Directory is:


Wrightslaw Seminars & Training Programs

For information about our seminars and advocacy training programs, please visit our new seminars page.


The Spring seminar season is winding down. Only two Wrightslaw Boot Camps remain on the schedule. After Columbia, the next Wrightslaw Boot Camp is in Minot, North Dakota on April 26-27.


What People are Saying . . .

"Wow! I will be doing advocacy training and got lots of great ideas from your presentation in Chicago. I may even give that test! The bell curve is powerful. I have taught several people how to do this and they are amazed."

"I want to tell you how much I enjoyed your presentation. I brought two new attorneys who joined my staff - it was enormously helpful to them."

"I want to thank you for the most informative seminar I have ever attended. I learned so much! Thank you for answering so many questions - you answered one of my questions and it helped!"

To learn about organizing a Wrightslaw Seminar or Training Program, visit our FAQs page at:


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Contact Information

Pete and Pam Wright
Wrightslaw & The Special Ed Advocate
P. O. Box 1008
Deltaville, VA 23043
Website: https://www.wrightslaw.com