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Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp
Lancaster, PA
April 7-8, 2006

This Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Boot Camp is being sponsored by the Lancaster County Center for Autism Resources and Education (LCCARE, Inc.)

The program will be held at:Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster Bible College
901 Eden Road
Lancaster, PA 17608

Program Description

Participants will learn about changes in IDEA 2004 including:

* New requirements for initial evaluations, reevaluations & parental consent
* New requirements for IEPs, IEP goals, IEP teams, IEP meetings
* New eligibility issues for students with specific learning disabilities
* New procedural requirements and timelines, including the “Due Process Complaint Notice” and “Resolution (IEP) Session.”

Participants will learn about requirements in No Child Left Behind including:

* Reading and research based instruction
* Highly qualified teachers
* Parental rights and options
* High stakes testing

Participants will also learn how to:

* Use tests and measurements to measure progress
* Write SMART IEPs
* Use tactics and strategies for effective advocacy

Day 1: Special Education Laws
">8:00 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 10:30 Introductions, Agenda, Pre-test; Overview: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Reauthorized IDEA of 2004
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00 IDEA (cont'd) - Section 1400: Findings & Purposes; Section 1401: Definitions; 1412: "Catchall Statute", Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), ESY, Notice, Statewide Assessments; Review
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 Measuring Progress: Tests & Measurements and the Bell Curve; Demo: How to Chart Test Scores; Section 1414: Evaluations, Consent, Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs)
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 4:00 Section 1415: Procedural Safeguards - Prior Written Notice, Procedural Safeguards Notice, Mediation, Due Process Hearings, Appeal, Discipline; Section 504: Discrimination, Retaliation, Damages; Review and Homework Assignment
4:00 - 4:30 Questions and Answers
Day 2: SMART IEPs, NCLB, Advocacy Strategies
9:00 - 10:30 Review:  Law, Tests & Measurements, Bell Curve; No Child Left Behind: Reading, Research Based Instruction, Highly Qualified Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Parent "Right to Know"; SMART IEPs
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00 SMART IEPs (cont'd)
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 Advocacy Strategies: Crisis Management, Emotions, Conflict, Obstacles to Successful Advocacy, School Culture, Rule of Adverse Assumptions
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 4:00 Advocacy Strategies (cont'd): Hazards of Litigation and Outcome Prediction; Comprehensive Evaluations; Negotiating; Paper Trails & Letters; School Meetings: Preparation & Survival Strategies
4:00 - 4:30 Questions and Answers


Your registration fee includes two course books: Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004. (Value: $35.00) Your registration fee also includes lunch on Friday (lunch on Saturday is on your own), snacks and drinks. (No colored liquids will be permitted in the chapel)

Parent/2 day program: $90.
Two parents*/2 day program: $130.
Professional (Friday only):
Professional/2 day program: $125.

Note: * Two parents, one set of books

CEU's approved 1.2 unit hours

Act 48 credits for PA are pending
11.0 CLE credits approved

Register Online  l Download Brochure & Registration Form

Questions? Please contact Amy Koring at 717-431-9600 or by email at amkoring@ptd.net. You may also visit the LCCARE website at www.lccare.org for information and updates.

Logistics, Accommodations, Directions


Eden Resort Inn and Conference Center, Lancaster, PAA block of rooms has been reserved at The Eden Resort Inn and Conference Center, 222 Eden Road, Lancaster PA 17601-4216.

The Eden Resort Inn and Conference Center has extended a special rate of $99.95 per night for this program. Reservations can be made online: go to www.edenresort.com "Reserve Now", then "Group Reservations" and enter group number 251159.

You may also make a reservation by calling 717-569-6444. Please specify that you are attending the Wrightslaw Conference.

Reservations need to be to be made by March 6, 2006. After that date, the special rate and rooms will be based on availability. Please note that check-in time is 3:00 pm, however the hotel will be happy to check you in earlier if a room is available. Check-out time is 11:00 am.


Traveling to Lancaster?

About 20% of participants at Wrightslaw programs travel from other states. The conference location is approximately 20 miles from Harrisburg International Airport (HIA).

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Free parking is available at the conference location. Campus Map

Driving Directions - click this link

From Reading, PA and Points North - Follow Rt. 222 South. Take the Oregon Pike exit and turn left at the stop sign. Continue on Oregon Pike to the fifth traffic light. At the fifth traffic light turn left onto Eden Road and continue to the College located 1 mile on the left.

From Philadelphia, PA and Points East - Take the PA Turnpike West to the Lancaster/Reading Exit #286. Follow Rt. 222 South. (Now follow "Points North" directions)

From Baltimore, MD and Points South - Take I-83 North to Rt. 30 East in York, PA. Follow Rt. 30 East to Lancaster and take the Oregon Pike exit. Turn left at the light onto Oregon Pike (Rt. 272). Turn right at the first traffic light onto Eden Road and continue to the College located 1 mile on the left.

From Harrisburg, PA and Points West - Take Rt. 283 East to Rt. 30 East in Lancaster and take the Oregon Pike exit. (Now follow "Points South" directions)

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