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What You Don't Know About IDEA Can Hurt You!
by Wayne Steedman, Esq.

The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) is pleased to sponsor 4 free workshops on What You Don’t Know about IDEA CAN Hurt You! presented by attorney Wayne Steedman of Wrightslaw.

July 11, 2006
Leon County Dept. of Health
8:30 am-3:30 pm
July 13, 2006
Hillsborough Community College
8:30 am-3:30 pm
July 15, 2006
Wayside Baptist Church
8:30 am-3:30 pm
July 17, 2006
Ft. Lauderdale
8:30 am-3:30 pm

Information, Registration, Deadlines

These programs are designed to provide information about changes in IDEA 2004 and will focus on new rules and requirements for special education services.

You will learn about:

  • New requirements for evaluations, reevaluations, parental consent
  • New requirements for IEPs, IEP teams, IEP meetings
  • Eligibility requirements for students with specific learning disabilities
  • Accommodations on high stakes tests, accommodations guidelines, alternate assessments
  • New rules about discipline and manifestation reviews
  • New procedural requirements and timelines, including the “Due Process Complaint Notice” and “Resolution (IEP) Session

Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of Wrightslaw IDEA 2004 (value: $14.95) and lunch.

Download the informational flyer here

Download the information and application form here.

There is no cost to attend these workshops. However ...

  • Space is limited.
  • Applications must be postmarked or faxed no later than June 23, 2006.
  • Applications will be accepted via fax (850) 922-6702 or U.S. mail ONLY.
  • Once your application is received, it will be reviewed and you will be notified only if it is approved.
  • Only those individuals who receive a confirmation letter will be registered and can participate in the workshop.


7:30 - 8:30
8:30 -10:00
  • Introductions

  • IDEA 2004: History and Overview

  • Section 1400: Findings & Purposes

  • Section 1401: Key Definitions in IDEA: Special Education, LD, etc.

10:00 -10:15
10:15 - 11:30
  • Section 1412: Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment, Private Placements, 10 day Notice, Assessments, Accommodations

  • Section 1414: Evaluations, Reevaluations, Response to Intervention, Parental Consent, Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs), IEP Teams, IEP Meetings

11:30 - 12:00
Networking Lunch
12:00 -1:30
  • Section 1415: Procedural Safeguards: Prior Written Notice, Resolution Session, Mediation, Requirements, Timelines for Due Process Hearings, Discipline.
  • Proposed IDEA 2004 Regulations.
1:30 - 1:45
1:45 - 3:00
  • No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB): Research Based Instruction (RBI); Reading

  • Highly Qualified Special Education Teachers

3:00 - 3:30
Questions & Answers

Help Get the Word Out!

If you know others who may be interested in attending this program, please send them this Alert. Send the link to the conference info page to friends and listserv members in Florida.

Post the information and registration form at school or work. Send copies to friends and family members.


These workshops are designed to meet the needs of families and individuals with disabilities and are not disability specific.

For additional information on each program, please visit the information page or call
Allison Cruz-Mitchell at 800-580-7801 or contact her by email at allisoncm@fddc.org

Space for these free programs is limited. Register today!

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