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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Pete Wright, Esq.

Houston, TX


Thursday, February 7, 2019

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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being hosted by the Texas Council for Learning Disabilities.


The program will be held at:

University of Houston
South Ballroom 271

Student Center South
Houston, TX 77204


Program Description


One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on five areas:

  • special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  • tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • SMART IEPs
  • introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

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.

Agenda

8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:30

IDEA

  • IDEA History, Book Overview, US Supreme Ct Cases
  • Section 1400 - Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 - Definitions: Disability, Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00
  • Section 1412 - ESY, Child Find, LRE, Private Placements
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent, Determining progress v. regression using Bar Graphs
12:00-1:00 * Lunch is on your own
1:00-2:30
  • Section 1414 - Evaluations and IEPs
  • Section 1415 - Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA, ESSA
  • Episodic Conditions, Allergies, Epilepsy, etc.
  • Recent US Supreme Court Cases, OCR, USDOJ

The Parent as the Special Ed Manager and Expert

  • Developing the Master Plan
  • Knowing the Rules of the Game
  • Recognizing and Avoiding the Fatal Obstacles
  • How to Deal with Conflict, a Healthy and Normal event
  • Crisis, Emergency, Help
  • Organization of the Child’s File
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00 Tactics and Strategies
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
  • Private Evaluations
  • Paper Trails
  • The Letter to the Stranger
  • 5 Ws + H + E
  • Preparation for Meetings
  • Meeting Strategies
4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers


Registration

Registration Fee
Individual $155

Professional
(includes CLEs and CEUs)

$200

* The University Student Center offers many dining options to fit your dietary needs.

Conference fee includes light refreshments and beverages throughout the day, a Wrightslaw highlighter pen and the three Wrightslaw books which retail for $62.85 - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

Click here to register online.

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Credits: 6.0 CLEs (continuing legal education) credits through the State Bar of Texas have been approved. CEUs (continuing education units) through the University of Houston, College of Education are available. The units are available for professionals with teaching credentials.

Refund Policy: Full refunds are provided up to 30 days prior to the conference.

Special Needs Accomodations: The University of Houston is a disabilities friendly campus. The Parking Structure and the Student Center have both ramps and elevators. For other accommodations, please inform the organizers 20 days in advance of the conference date.

Scholarships: Scholarships are not available for this conference.

Childcare: Childcare is not available for this conference

Vendors: Sponsor tables are located in the conference room, the vendor fee is $200 plus registration fee which will include all event materials. When registering online select the "Continue Shopping" feature in the upper right-hand corner of PayPal to add the vendor fee after your registration fee.

Questions? Contact Kristi L. Santi by email at klsanti |at| uh.edu or call 713-743-6141.

Wrightslaw programs often fill up early - don't miss out!

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations

Directions

Click here for a map and directions to the University of Houston, Student Center, South Ballroom.

Parking

Parking is included in the cost of registraton and will be available at the University of Houston Welcome Center directly across the street from the Student Center.

Hotel Accommodations

The Hilton University of Houston is directly across from the Student Center. The facility is run by the University's renowned Hotel and Resturant Management program. For information and reservations, please click here.

Click here for a list of local hotels.

Airports

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
(approximately 30 minutes to venue)

William P. Hoppy Airport (HOU)

(approximately 30 minutes to venue)

Get more information about flying into the Houston area.


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