The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
December 2, 2003

ISSN: 1538-3202

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Alert - Join Pete and Pam Wright in Edmond, Oklahoma for a Free Special Education Legal & Advocacy Program!

Pete and Pam will do a full day of special education legal and advocacy training in Edmond, Oklahoma on Saturday, December 6, 2003. The program will focus on four areas; special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests and measurements to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and an introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.

For details about what you will learn, see agenda below.

Registration Information

Registration is FREE for Oklahoma parents (and primary educational caregivers) of students with disabilities.

You will receive two books - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy (value: $59.90). Books may not be available to last minute registrations and walk-ins. The Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind book will be available at the conference.

Download the registration form designed by the Oklahoma Disability Law Center at: https://www.wrightslaw.com/flyers/03.12.ok.pdf

To open this document, you need Adobe Reader installed in your computer. You can download this free program from the Adobe site at - http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html

This program has been approved for 7 CLE credits.

For more info about this training program, visit the Oklahoma conference page.

Questions? For information, please call Oklahoma Disability Law Center.
In Oklahoma City dialing area: (405) 525-7755 v/tdd; outside OKC dialing area: (800) 880-7755 v/tdd.
In Tulsa dialing area: (743) 6220 v/tdd, outside Tulsa dialing area: (800) 226-5883 v/tdd


Special Education Law

  • Overview of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA '97)
  • Findings and Purposes
  • Definitions
  • ESY, Child Find, LRE, Inclusion, Private Placements, Assessments
  • Evaluations, Re-evaluations, IEPs
  • Procedural Safeguards, Complaints, Notice, Placement in Alternative Educational Setting
  • Section 504 v. IDEA
  • Caselaw
  • IDEA Reauthorization (IDEA 2002)
  • Back to School on Civil Rights
  • No Child Left Behind Act

Tests & Measurements 101

  • Progress & Regression
  • Standard Scores, Subtest Scores, Percentile Ranks
  • How to Chart Test Scores


  • Specific, Measurable, Action Words, Realistic & Relevant
  • Time Limited
  • Strategies for Writing Present Levels of Performance
  • Annual Goals
  • Short-term Objectives & Benchmarks
  • IEP Checklists
  • Recognizing Common IEP Problems

Tactics & Strategies for Effective Advocacy

  • Parent-School Conflict: Why & How to Resolve
  • Obstacles to Successful Advocacy
  • Rules of Adverse Assumptions
  • How to Organize the Child's File
  • How to Use the Comprehensive Evaluation
  • Effective Negotiation Strategies
  • Letter Writing Strategies
  • Letter to the Stranger
  • How to Prepare for School Meetings
  • School Meeting Survival Strategies

For more info about this training program, visit the Oklahoma conference page.https://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/03.12.ok.htm

Wrightslaw: Seminars & Training Programs

To learn when we are scheduled to come to your area, please visit our seminars & schedule page: https://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/index.htm

Conferences are now being booked for 2004 and 2005. To learn how you can bring Pete and Pam Wright to your area, please visit our FAQs page at: https://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/faqs.htm

What People Are Saying . . .

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

"I attended your Oklahoma Bootcamp. When I returned, I attended a meeting with our Special Education Advocacy staff where I was asked to explain discrepency theory. Imagine my joy when I stepped up to the easel and drew the bell curve with accurate figures and explanations!"

"I want to thank Pam and Pete for the wonderful conference in Oklahoma. It was hard for me to get away for 3 days but soooooo worth it. Special ed was occupying every worry cell in my brain. Now that I have a roadmap, I worry less and accomplish more."

"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!"

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Contact Info

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

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