Special Education Advocacy Summit (SEAS) – Registration Now Open!

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The St. Mary’s University School of Law is presenting the Special Education Advocacy Summit (SEAS), a two and one-half day training program hosted by the Center for Legal and Social Justice and co-sponsored by Wrightslaw and CMK Law Firm.

The purpose of the SEAS is to provide training in special education advocacy for experienced advocates, law students, new attorneys, and attorneys who are new to special education law.

The program will include sessions on applicable laws, ethics, best practices in advocacy, strategies in working with parents and schools, and dispute resolution procedures, taught by national leaders in the field.

The Summit begins on Thursday evening, February 2, 2023, with Orientation and Registration and sessions conclude on Sunday afternoon, February 5, 2023.

Attendees will be selected via an application process. The application form includes all registration details, costs, applicant questionnaire, and required pre-conference assignments.

Topics include:

  • History and Applicable Laws
  • Ethics in Special Education Advocacy (CLE credit)
  • Caselaw Review
  • Understanding Evaluations, Tests and Measurements
  • Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  • Section 504
  • Eligibility
  • Behavioral Issues at School
  • Discipline
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Dispute Resolution and State Complaints
  • Preparing a Case for Trial/Due Process
  • Using Evaluations, Tests and Measurements as Evidence
  • Evidence Strategies
  • Legal Claims and Remedies
  • Creating Systemic Change in Your State
  • Transition
  • Advocating for Children who are Homeless, Twice-Exceptional, Dyslexic

Application deadline is December 31, 2022.

For all conference details, registration fee and application, please click here!

  1. the zoom training coming up Nov. 16 & 17 & 21 states the training will start at 9:30am eastern time can I conclude that that will be 6:30AM pacific time?

  2. I’m curious if this is intended as a replacement for the William and Mary ISEA event which was canceled in 2022? I was really hoping to attend that in 2023, because summer is just a better time for me.

    • Yes, the St. Mary’s SEAS program will be similar to the William and Mary program but will be a bit shorter (Thurs eve – Sun afternoon). St Mary’s University Law School is in San Antonio. We expect this location will be easier for many people and less expensive.

      Here is a link to the info page: https://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/23.02.tx.htm

      Hope to see you there!
      Pam Wright

  3. We need to outreach amd empower the AAPI disability community. We are working on building a cultural and heritage center to help eliminate barriers to access.

    • I agree with this comment. In a review of the subjects to be covered, I see no mention of the cultural issues involved in serving families of children with special needs. Although all of the topics are important, our classrooms and client families now have additional important needs that may be lacking in traditional special education service provision.

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