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Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Wayne Steedman, Esq., and Pat Howey, Paralegal and Advocate
Champaign, Illinois, October 28, 2006

Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program with Wayne Steedman and Pat Howey, is being brought to you by C-U Autism Network, PROUDD and The Down Syndrome Network of Champaign/Urbana.

The program will be held at:

Hawthorn Suites Champaign
101 Trade Centre Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

Program Description

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

  • special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • 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.

Download the information and registration form here. Online registration will be available by June 1st at www.autismillinois.org


  • Introductions
  • Review of Agenda, Pre-test
  • Overview: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 97) and Reauthorized IDEA of 2004
  • Section 1400—Findings & Purposes
  • Section 1401—Definitions
  • Section 1412— “Catchall Statute” - Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), 10 day notice re: Private Placements, Assessments, ESY, Review
  • Section 1414 (d)—Evaluations, Reevaluations, Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs)
  • Section 1415—Procedural Safeguards
  • Review: IDEA
  • Section 504, No Child Left Behind Act
  • Tests & Measurements, & Bell Curve
  • Review: IDEA & Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve
  • Crisis! Emergency! Help!
  • Reasons for Conflict, Obstacles to Success
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions


  • Advocacy Strategies
  • Negotiation Skills
  • How to Organize the Child’s File
  • Comprehensive Psychoeducational Evaluation
  • Paper Trails & Letters, “Letter to the Stranger”
  • Preparing for School Meetings, Survival Strategies
3:00-3:30Questions and Answers


Your registration includes Wrightslaw IDEA 2004 and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition ($35.00 combined retail value). 

PAID by October 1st (Early Bird)
Postmarked After October 1st (Regular)
Individual/Parent/Professional (6 ISBE Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) available)
$55.00 $65.00
Parent Team *
$90.00 $100.00

* Includes a husband and wife team. Couples will receive one set of books and two lunches.

Your registration fee also includes a continental breakfast and lunch.
Download the information and registration form here.

You may register online, by mail or fax.

Mail your completed registration form to:

Autism Society of Illinois
2200 S. Main Street, Suite 317
Lombard, IL 60148

Please make check payable to Autism Society of Illinois.

To Register Online

Register online at www.autismillinois.org (available by June 1st).

To Register by Fax

Please fill out the registration form (registration tentative until payment received) and fax to (630) 932-5620.

Questions? To ask questions about the conference contact The Autism Society of Illinois at 630-691-1270 or 888-691-1270 or visit www.autismillinois.org

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Hawthorn Suites Champaign, 101 Trade Centre Drive, Champaign IL 61820

From Willard Airport
Go North on Neil Street, 4 Miles. Hotel is located on the left.

From Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport
Take I-90 South to I-57. Keep south on I-57 to I-74 Eastbound. Keep on I-74 to Ext 182 Neil Street Exit and turn right, southbound. Follow Neil St. approximately 3 miles to Kirby Avenue. Cross Kirby Ave and turn right just past the McDonald’s on that corner.

From Springfield
Take I-72 into Champaign. I-72 ends and turns into University Avenue (see map). Follow University approximately 4-5 miles to Neil Street. Turn right heading southbound to Kirby Avenue. Cross Kirby Avenue and turn right just past the McDonald’s on that corner.

From St. Louis
Take I-70 East to I-57 North. Continue to I-74 East. Take I-74 east to Exit 182 Neil Street Exit and turn right, southbound. Follow Neil St. approximately 3 miles to Kirby Avenue. Cross Kirby Ave and turn right just past the McDonald’s on that corner.

From Indianapolis
Take I-74 West to Champaign to Neil Street. Exit southbound. Follow Neil St. approximately 3 miles to Kirby Avenue. Cross Kirby Ave and turn right just past the McDonald’s on that corner.

Click here for directions from MapQuest.


Parking is free on-site.


Willard Airport in Champaign, IL is approximately 4 miles from conference site.


There are many restaurants to choose from in the area. A TGI Friday's restaurant is located in the conference hotel.


When making your reservations be sure to mention our Conference. The conference hotel is offering a special $99 rate per night for conference registrants. Mention Wrightslaw Conference, the Autism Society of Illinois or CU Autism Network when registering.

Hawthorn Suites Champaign
101 Trade Centre Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

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